CDC Suggests No Cheering or Screaming at Boise Super Bowl Parties
Looking at these guidelines for enjoying the Super Bowl on Sunday, the CDC would've HATED Marco and I on Sunday night.
For those of you who haven't caught on by now, Marco is an avid WWE fan. This past Sunday night was one of the biggest professional wrestling pay-per-view events of the year, The Royal Rumble. Four of us from the office watched it together. Now, we watched it in an area that provided us plenty of space to spread out more than six feet but there was most definitely cheering and screaming. Even from those of us who'd never really watched WWE before.
The CDC would apparently be very disappointed in us for cheering. They recently added their guidance for safely enjoying the Super Bowl to their "Small Gatherings" COVID-19 page. The agency would prefer you to host a "Virtual Super Bowl Watch Party." That means watching the game only with members of your own household, but swapping recipes for appetizers and snacks with friends before the game. You can keep connected to those friends via a text messaging group chat throughout the game.
Should you chose to forego that in favor of an in-person shindig with people living outside of your home, you should do it outdoors with a projector and make sure you sit at least six feet away from people you don't live with. It's supposed to be 48 on Sunday, so while that might be comfortable for the 4:30 kickoff, things could get awfully chilling by halftime. Sunset is at 5:59.
Regardless of whether you're inside or outside, the CDC says you should be wearing masks while not eating or drinking. To cut down on aerosol spread of COVID-19, guests should avoid shouting or cheering loudly. Instead, to celebrate the big plays you should clap, stomp your feet or use a hand-held noisemaker.
If you're hosting a get together, you no longer have to feel guilty about it. On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Little announced that Idaho was moving back to Stage 3. That means that gatherings of up to 50 people, both public and private, are now ok as long as they follow guidance for physical distancing and sanitation.