More COVID restrictions issued for Santa Clara County

49ers COVID-19

"The big unknown here is what actions were people taking over this long holiday weekend", county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Saturday. The rules take effect Monday and apply to professional, college, and recreational sports teams.

A new temporary ban on contact sports in Santa Clara County has left the San Francisco 49ers without a field to both play and practice for the next several weeks.

The 49ers are now scheduled to play home games during the ban on December 7 against the Buffalo Bills and December 13 against the Washington Football Team.

Amended protocols in Santa Clara County - where the 49ers reside - ban all contact sports and require individuals to quarantine for 14 days if traveling into the region from 150 miles away.

"We are working with the National Football League and our partners on operational plans and will share details as they are confirmed", the team said in a statement.

The team also practises in the county but offered no immediate comment on the new rules.

Santa Clara County health officials have issued additional restrictions effective Monday, November 30 in light of soaring COVID-19 daily cases and hospitalizations.

As of Saturday, 760 new cases of COVID-19 has been identified while 239 people had been hospitalized, 71 of whom are in the ICU, marking new records for single-day counts since the Bay Area-and specifically the South Bay-emerged as a hotspot for the pandemic in March.

The NFL Players Association also told players to let teams know if they had guests in for the holiday for the objective of additional testing when facilities re-open. The 49ers are now headed to Los Angeles for a game against the Rams Sunday afternoon, as noted by sports reporter Jennifer Lee Chan.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, reaching records in both highest single-day confirmed cases and COVID-19 related hospitalizations, the county has chose to limit capacity inside businesses, reducing the size of outdoor gatherings and discourage leisure and non-essential travel.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For at least the next three weeks, the San Francisco 49ers are a team without a home.

Stanford and San Jose State also have several sports now in season.

Kevin Kurz, Sharks beat writer: Many Sharks players have been skating a few times a week in small groups at their practice facility, among them captain Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane, Kevin Labanc and Patrick Marleau.

San Jose State officials will meet with county officials on Sunday to get more details and then will formulate a plan.

Stanford's second-ranked women's basketball team has a home game scheduled for Monday against San Diego. The athletic department is discussing options with university and county officials.

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