COVID worries as fans gather in bars to watch 49ers in playoffs

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Bay Area sports bars await crowds on Saturday when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers in this next round of the NFL playoffs.

Already, many surveillance parties are planned throughout the city and some sites are converting their spaces to reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

Despite precautions, some doctors inevitably expect to see an uptick in cases.

San Francisco 49ers fans are hoping to continue similar celebrations after Saturday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fans of District Six in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood gathered to watch the 49ers beat the Cowboys last weekend.

Event organizers expect to see more fans this time around.

District Six Director Anthony Schlender said he sold tickets for this weekend’s watch party to control and limit capacity due to rising COVID cases.

Schlander typically plans events across the city, but since the pandemic has turned to finding creative outdoor event spaces like District Six where it’s safer to gather.

However, many sports bars across the city and Bay Area don’t have the same space or capacity, so they’ll likely look like this.

Inside.

As covid cases decline again, infectious disease specialist at UCSF Dr. Peter Chin-Hong says he is still concerned about the gatherings.

Chin-Hong says we’ll likely see that decline slow as more people come together to cheer on their teams.

“That may mean that our descent from our summit may be slower because you would have mini-spikes after these stacked events, watch parties, then the Super Bowl, and every time you climb a little higher,” said said Chin-Hong. “I think we’re about to go down, but again, how fast we go down depends on our behaviors, because again there’s a lot of virus circulating.”

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