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Over half of Japan firms want Olympics canceled or postponed – survey

This picture taken on January 19, 2021 shows detail on the forehead of Miraitowa, the mascot for the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, at the office of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. – When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, officials promised they would open in 2021 as proof of humankind’s triumph over the coronavirus. But six months before the delayed start, victory over the virus remains distant, and fears are growing rapidly that the Games of the 32nd Olympiad may not happen at all. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY OLY-2020-2021-JAPAN-VIRUS-HEALTH BY ANDREW MCKIRDY
TOKYO – Over half of Japanese firms believe the Tokyo Olympic Games should be canceled or postponed, a survey by think tank Tokyo Shoko Research showed on Monday, casting further doubt over the fate of the troubled Games.
Japan is struggling to contain the coronavirus and lags behind western countries in rolling out vaccines, even as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to get conditions in place to host the once-postponed Summer Olympics from July 23.
The survey, conducted online on Feb. 1-8, showed 56.0% of the companies polled feel Japan should cancel or postpone the Games, up from 53.6% in the previous survey in August.
Only 7.7% of the firms surveyed said the Games should proceed in full form as scheduled this year, down from 22.5% in the previous survey.
Nearly 20% said the Games should be held with a limited number of spectators, while another 17% said it should proceed with no spectators, the survey showed.
Over 70% firms said cancelling or postponing the Games will barely have any impact on their earnings.
The survey, which covered over 11,000 firms, was conducted before Friday’s resignation of Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori over sexist remarks that left the Olympics searching for a chief five months from the opening ceremony.

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Boxing, Latest Sports Stories, minimumweight, pandemic, Robert Paradero, title fight, Vic Saludar, WBA title

อดีตแชมป์ Saludar ทำเครื่องหมาย PH Title Fight ครั้งแรกในช่วงระบาด

FILE – Vic Saludar แห่งฟิลิปปินส์ (C) ฉลองชัยชนะเหนือ Ryuya Yamanaka ของญี่ปุ่นหลังการชกมวยเพื่อชิงตำแหน่งแชมป์โลก WBO ที่โกเบจังหวัดเฮียวโงะ 13 กรกฎาคม 2018 (ภาพโดย JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT มะนิลา, ฟิลิปปินส์ – อดีตแชมป์มวยโลกวิกซาลูดาร์จะเป็นผู้นำในการชกตำแหน่งแชมป์โลกครั้งแรกของประเทศนับตั้งแต่การระบาดของโควิด -19 เมื่อเขาปะทะกับโรเบิร์ตปาราเดโรเพื่อนร่วมชาติในวันที่ 20 กุมภาพันธ์ที่ลากูน การต่อสู้เพื่อชิงตำแหน่ง WBA ที่ว่างจะจัดขึ้นที่สนามฟุตบอลกลางแจ้งใน Binyan การปะทะกันระหว่างฟิลิปปินส์ถูกเลื่อนออกไปแล้ว 2 ครั้งเนื่องจากการระบาดของโควิด -19 เดิมทั้งสองมีกำหนดจะต่อสู้ในวันที่ 5 ธันวาคมก่อนที่การประชุมของพวกเขาจะถูกเลื่อนไปเป็นวันที่ 30 มกราคม แต่ความล่าช้าเพียง แต่ยืดเวลาที่สัญญาว่าจะเป็นการแข่งขันที่น่าตื่นเต้น “ ฉันไม่สามารถพูดได้ว่าจะเกิดอะไรขึ้นในการต่อสู้ เราทั้งคู่ฝึกฝนมาอย่างหนักและพร้อมที่จะคว้าชัยชนะ” Saludar กล่าวกับ philboxing.com เป็นภาษาฟิลิปปินส์ Saludar วัย 30 ปี (20-4, 11 KOs) ในเดือนธันวาคม 2019 ที่เมืองนากาเอาชนะ Mike Kinaadman เพื่อนร่วมชาติของเขาในรอบที่หก ในขณะเดียวกัน Paradero ก็พ่ายแพ้ 18-0 และ 12 โดย KOs แต่ไม่ได้ต่อสู้นับตั้งแต่เอาชนะ Jonathan Almacen ชาวฟิลิปปินส์ในเดือนเมษายน 2019 Saludar กลายเป็นแชมป์รุ่นไลต์เวตของ WBO เมื่อเดือนกรกฎาคม 2018 ที่เมืองโกเบประเทศญี่ปุ่นเขาเอาชนะคู่แข่งชาวญี่ปุ่น Ryuu Yamanaka … เจ็ดเดือนต่อมาเขาป้องกันเข็มขัดของเขาได้สำเร็จกับชาวญี่ปุ่นอีกคนใน Masatake Taniguchi โดยการตัดสินใจเป็นเอกฉันท์ในโตเกียว อย่างไรก็ตามการครองราชย์ของ Saludar ใช้เวลาไม่นานในขณะที่เขามอบมงกุฎให้กับ Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendes ในซานฮวนเปอร์โตริโกในเดือนสิงหาคมของปีนั้น อ่านเพิ่มเติมอย่าพลาดข่าวสารและข้อมูลล่าสุด ลงชื่อสมัครใช้ INQUIRER PLUS เพื่อเข้าถึง The Philippine Daily Inquirer และชื่อเรื่องอื่น ๆ อีกกว่า 70 รายการแชร์แกดเจ็ตได้สูงสุด 5 ชิ้นฟังข่าวดาวน์โหลดเร็วที่สุดตั้งแต่ตี 4 และแชร์บทความบนโซเชียลมีเดีย โทร 896 6000 ติดต่อเราสำหรับข้อเสนอแนะข้อร้องเรียนหรือสอบถามข้อมูล

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What a shock! The moronic maskless gather in large numbers to celebrate a championship in a pandemic…again


Streets of Tampa were flooded by Bucs fans sans mask in what looks like a Super super spreader event.Image: Getty ImagesThis is becoming as common as another Tom Brady Super Bowl win.Last night, after the Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl since 2003, fans took to the streets to celebrate the championship. This is the part where I remind you that the COVID-19 pandemic is still around and a public health threat to everyone — including those who celebrated last night.Tampa Bay could be the first city to host a Super Bowl and a superspreader event on the same day.Here are some scenes of Florida people last night. G/O Media may get a commissionI can find Waldo before I spot a mask.This isn’t the first time a team championship has led to thousands of maskless people in the streets. A few months ago, Los Angeles health officials correlated alarming rates of COVID spread to Lakers and Dodgers celebrations. And in January, Bama fans packed the streets of Tuscaloosa after the Tide rolled over THE Ohio State University in the CFP championship game.Last week, Dr. Fauci went on NBC’s Today to warn Americans about Super Bowl gatherings and celebrations. “Every time we do have something like this, there always is a spike, be it a holiday, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving,” he told Savannah Guthrie. “Enjoy the game. Watch it on television, but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household. As much fun as it is to get together in a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that.”Clearly, the recommendation by the nation’s top infectious-disease doctor made too much sense for some.After the celebrations subsided, Tampa Bay Mayor Jane Castor expressed disappointment in her constituents who blatantly disregarded the city’s COVID protocols.“It’s a little frustrating because we’ve worked so hard in cooperation with the NFL and the county…putting the executive order in place that masks had to be worn in specific areas that we knew groups would be congregating,” she said. “Yes, we did see some videos, did see some individuals that weren’t wearing a mask. At this point in dealing with COVID-19, there is a level of frustration when you see that.”While there is a mask mandate in effect for the city of Tampa Bay, the state of Florida has not issued a statewide mask requirement. Apparently, wearing a piece of cloth over one’s mouth and nose, to keep others safe, restricts too much freedom. We won’t know for a few days, maybe weeks, whether the Super Bowl caused a super spread. I hope Tampa doesn’t have an outbreak. But when a team wins and thousands flock to the streets without any protection, what else do we think will happen?At some point, when we get to the other side of this, we will all look back at the role sports played in prolonging this pandemic. It won’t be anything to celebrate. .

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2021 Australian Open, COVID-19, first round, Frederico Ferreira Silva, John Cain Arena, Latest Sports Stories, Nick Kyrgios, pandemic, Tennis

Kyrgios brings the noise to subdued ‘People’s Court’

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios during his first round match against Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva REUTERS/Jaimi Joy
MELBOURNE – Nick Kyrgios did his best to create his own atmosphere in a subdued John Cain Arena on Monday as he cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva.
The Australian can usually expect a febrile atmosphere when he plays on his favorite court, but a local coronavirus outbreak and unseasonably cold weather kept many punters away.
Those who did turn up were treated to some vintage Kyrgios moments – a racket thrown across the court, a few choice words toward his box and a few more at the umpire as well as a trademark “tweener”.
Scattered fans in the open air stadium, at best a quarter full, wore puffer jackets and blankets, clearly backing the home favorite with occasional cheers and fist bumps.
“Honestly it was pretty average. I haven’t played a Grand Slam match in over a year. I was very nervous walking out here and I knew I wouldn’t be able to play my best game,” Kyrgios said after the match.
“I was very fortunate that COVID didn’t affect me or my family. I used it as a massive reset and I’m just glad to be back out here.”
Kyrgios, who fronted GQ magazine Australia’s digital cover, is undergoing a rebrand after he put in place new management and looked to reform his bad boy image.
His public support for communities hit hard by Australia’s horrendous bushfires last year endeared him to a wider audience than fans of the game.
Kyrgios certainly played to the local view of top tennis players being divas when he called world number one Novak Djokovic a “tool” when the Serbian, under Australia’s 14-day quarantine, requested houses with tennis courts for players to see out their isolation.
The 25-year-old Australian has always had plenty of tennis talent and the world number 47 had far too much for his Portuguese opponent, who was once a rival in the junior ranks but was making his Grand Slam main draw singles debut.
Kyrgios next plays French 29th seed Ugo Humbert — almost certainly on what he calls the “People’s Court” — as he looks to at least match his run to the quarter-finals here in 2015.

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2021 Australian Open, Angelique Kerber, Bernarda Pera, COVID-19, first round, Latest Sports Stories, pandemic, quarantine, Sports, Tennis

Former champion Kerber rues hard quarantine after early exit

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her first round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MELBOURNE – Former champion Angelique Kerber made an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday and said spending two weeks in hard quarantine ahead of the Grand Slam had contributed to her first-round loss.
The German former world number one was one of 72 players who were unable to leave their rooms to train during quarantine after passengers on their flights to Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19.
Her opponent Bernarda Pera was not among that cohort and the American ousted the 2016 Australian Open champion 6-0 6-4 in little more than an hour on the first morning of the tournament.
“Of course, you feel it if you are not the hitting ball for two weeks and you are not in the rhythm,” Kerber told reporters after her earliest exit from Melbourne Park for six years.
“I was really trying to staying positive and doing the best out of the two-week situation but you feel it, especially if you play one of the first matches in a Grand Slam … against an opponent who didn’t stay in the hard lockdown.”
Kerber congratulated Australia on its success in containing the new coronavirus and said she had enjoyed playing in front of fans again, however briefly.
The 33-year-old thought, however, that she might have reconsidered the long trip to Australia if she had known she would have to remain locked in her room for 14 days.
“When I look back, of course I was not planning the two weeks in hard quarantine,” she added. “I don’t know, maybe if I knew that before to stay really two weeks in the hard quarantine without hitting a ball, maybe I would think twice about that.”

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American Football, Coronavirus, COVID-19, joe biden, Latest Sports Stories, NFL, pandemic, quarantine, stadiums, super bowl, Us President, vaccinations, vaccine

Biden plans to use NFL stadiums for vaccinations

FILE – U.S. President Joe Biden waves while boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for travel to Wilmington, Delaware at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
With the NFL season in the books, the league offered the use of its stadiums for mass COVID-19 vaccinations.
US President Joe Biden said on CBS’ Super Bowl pregame show Sunday that his administration intends to take the NFL up on its offer.
“Absolutely we will,” President Biden told Norah O’Donnell. “I’m going to tell my team they’re available and I believe we’ll use them.”
Seven NFL stadiums were already being used as vaccination sites — the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium, Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium, Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, Houston Texans’ NRG Park, Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium and the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium — but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the President earlier in the week offering the remaining 23 stadiums.
Biden also expressed his “hope and expectation” that next year’s Super Bowl would be played in front of a fan-filled stadium.

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Athletes, COVID-19, joe biden, Latest Sports Stories, Olympics, pandemic, Sports, Tokyo Olympics, usa, vaccine

Biden: ‘Remains to be seen’ if US will send team to Olympics

FILE – In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a man jogs past the Olympic rings in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team to the pandemic-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a radio interview in which he also weighed in on diversity in sport.
Japan’s government, organizers and Olympic officials all insist the Games will go ahead this summer, and that extensive virus countermeasures will ensure the event is safe.
Asked in a Super Bowl half-time radio interview with network Westwood One if he thought the Games would go ahead, Biden said any decision “has to be based on science”.
“I hope we can play, I hope it’s possible, but it remains to be seen,” he said, stressing that Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga was “working very hard to be in a position to be able to safely open the games.”
Biden also addressed the topic of diversity, at a time when National Football League teams have faced accusations of systemic racism for their failure to promote minority coaches to senior roles.
When asked by the show’s host if he had any advice for the NFL going forward, the president said teams had to “go out and look, there’s numerous incredible qualified African-American coaches out there.”
“I don’t understand why they cannot find — because they exist — so many African-American coaches that are qualified that should be in the pros in my view,” he added.

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Atsuo Hamada, Coronavirus, COVID-19, hosting, Japan, Latest Sports Stories, Olympics, pandemic, Sports, Tokyo Olympics, vaccine

Japan pledges safe Olympics, medical experts aren’t so sure

FILE PHOTO: A man wears a protective mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in front of the giant Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
Japanese infectious disease specialist Atsuo Hamada wants to see the Olympics happen in Tokyo this summer, but admits if they were being held anywhere else, he’d probably support a cancellation.
“Even without the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics as a mass gathering fosters all sorts of infectious diseases,” Hamada, a professor at Tokyo Medical University, told AFP.
With less than six months until the pandemic-postponed Games, organizers say they’re confident the event will be safe. But some medical experts aren’t so sure, and think cancellation is safer.
“I do understand the athletes’ sentiments,” said Michael Head, a senior research fellow in global health at Britain’s University of Southampton.
“But I think from… the global public health point of view, there’s nothing about the Olympics that makes any sense whatsoever right now.”
Olympic officials have started outlining virus safety measures, from pre-arrival health monitoring to regular testing in Japan, and limitations on how long athletes will stay at the Olympic Village.
“It is the mantra of all of us — the Games have to be safe,” Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said last week.
Organizers point to the success of other sports events during the pandemic, but experts note the Games will be on an entirely different scale.
The numbers are formidable: 26,000 beds in the Olympic Village alone, around 12,000 accredited media, and participants from around 200 countries.
“Even if they’ve been vaccinated, there may be certain variants that have certain resistance to the vaccine,” warned Head.
“Mixing of people from so many different countries will simply accelerate the likelihood of new variants emerging.”
Foreign fans ‘inconceivable’
Hassan Vally, an associate professor of public health at Australia’s La Trobe University, said he was sure “that anything that can be done to reduce the risk is being done.”
“But you can’t reduce the risk completely,” said Vally, who has worked on virus policy.
“If you have your public health lens on, this is doing everything that we don’t want to be doing right now.”
Organizers are waiting until spring to make some key decisions, including whether to limit or bar spectators from events — something health experts consider necessary.
“It is inconceivable to let spectators in from all around the world,” Hamada said, adding that having any spectators would involve “significant risks.”
Head said organizers should be reducing the number of people involved with the Games to the absolute minimum.
“It wouldn’t eliminate the risk, but it would reduce it,” he said.
The global rollout of virus vaccines has raised hopes for the Games, with some countries saying they plan to vaccinate athletes before the summer.
Japan and the International Olympic Committee have not made vaccination a precondition for Olympic participation.
Public health expert Koji Wada warned it was unlikely all the athletes and the Japanese public will be vaccinated before the Games.

“Vaccines are a tool to protect yourself, not others,” added Wada, a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare in Otawara who has advised Japan’s government on the pandemic.
“You should not look to the vaccines as an answer to this.”
‘Concrete plans’
He advised organizers to consider whether some contact sports might be too risky in a pandemic.
“Maybe surfing and table tennis are okay. But judo seems difficult.”
But others see ways the Games can work in its full capacity.
“With frequent testing, and athletes and staff limiting their movement and staying in bubbles, and everyone watching it on television, that is a possibility that I can imagine now,” said Hamada.
Vally said he too expects the Games to go ahead, but that organizers should assume there will be virus cases.
“There’s no way the Games will go by without some drama along the way to do with the virus, it’s a matter of how that is responded to that’s going to be the biggest challenge.”
For now, Hamada said, organizers need to “show concrete plans” for a safe Games.
“If after all that, it’s better to cancel it, then we must cancel it.”

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Brady, Buccaneers rout Chiefs to win Super Bowl

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady celebrates with head coach Bruce Arians during the game REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Tom Brady sealed his place in the pantheon of America’s greatest sporting icons on Sunday, winning a record seventh Super Bowl as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the error-strewn Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
The 43-year-old Brady — who became the oldest man to play in the Super Bowl — etched another remarkable chapter in his 21-year career as the Buccaneers shattered the Chiefs’ dreams of back-to-back NFL championships.
Brady, who only joined the Buccaneers last year after two decades with the New England Patriots, delivered a vintage display with three touchdowns, 21 from 29 completions and no interceptions at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
But it was a miserable night for the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, seen by many as the likeliest pretender to Brady’s throne.
Mahomes, 25, was roughed up repeatedly by a relentless Buccaneers defense, sacked three times and intercepted twice, failing to register a touchdown as the Chiefs’ vaunted offense failed to fire.
Instead, the night belonged to the Buccaneers and Brady, who added another incredible feat to his extensive catalogue of achievements by leading his new franchise to the Vince Lombardi trophy after a tumultuous season played under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chiefs pay penalty
The expected Super Bowl classic never materialized as the Buccaneers dominated to race into a 21-6 first half lead with two touchdowns from Brady’s old Patriots team-mate Rob Gronkwowski and a third from Antonio Brown.
Running back Leonard Fournette rushed for a fourth early in the third quarter as the Bucs comfortably closed out a win that saw head coach Bruce Arians become the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
The Chiefs were left ruing a disastrously indisciplined first half display that saw them repeatedly give up penalties that cost 95 yards.
The Chiefs were never in the game after taking the lead with a 49-yard Harrison Butker field goal, with the Bucs defense pressuring Mahomes from the outset.
The Buccaneers finally sparked into life on their third drive as Brady cleverly began varying play, using Fournette to pick up a quick first down before hitting receiver Brown for a 16-yard gain.
A further long gain from Cameron Brate and a Fournette rush put the Buccaneers deep in Chiefs territory, and Brady picked out an unmarked Gronkowski to put the Bucs 7-3 up after Ryan Succop’s extra point.
After another Chiefs punt, the Bucs were soon back threatening the red zone. This time however Kansas City pulled off a huge goal-line stand to deny running back Ronald Jones from one yard.
The Chiefs were unable to make that moment count, however, and were forced to punt away on fourth down. Another costly penalty made the punt even longer and left the Bucs in good field position.
The Chiefs looked to have snaffled an interception off a deflected Brady pass but again another holding penalty let the Bucs off the hook.
Defense dominant
It got worse for the Chiefs soon afterward when another penalty, this time for an infraction at the line of scrimmage, turned a Succop field goal attempt into a Bucs first down.
On the next drive, Brady found Gronkowski in the end zone once more to make it 14-3. With the Chiefs again settling for a field goal on their next possession, the Bucs regained the ball leading 14-6 with a minute remaining in the half.
Yet again penalties proved to be the Chiefs’ nemesis. A 34-yard pass attempt from Brady to Evans earned a flag after Bashaud Breeland tripped Mike Evans.
Another holding penalty, this time against Tyrann Mathieu, left the Buccaneers on the one-yard line with 13 seconds left.
This time Brady arrowed a bullet pass through a crowd of defenders to find Brown for a touchdown and a 21-6 lead.
The Chiefs rallied early in the second half, with rookie running back Clyde Edwards Helaire producing two long carries take Kansas City into Bucs territory.

The Bucs defense again shut down Mahomes passing options though, leaving Butker to cut the lead to 21-9 with a field goal.
Tampa Bay’s offense picked up where it had left off in the first half, with Brady’s 25-yard completion to Gronkowski setting up good field position.
From there Fournette found space on the outside and accelerated away from the Chiefs defense for a 27-yard gallop into the end zone. Succop’s kick made it 28-9 and the Bucs were cruising.
It got worse for the Chiefs on the next possession, when Mahomes was sacked by Shaq Barrett before tossing an interception on the next play, safety Antoine Winfield with the pick.
Another Buccaneers field goal from Succop made it 31-9 heading into the fourth quarter, and the game ended as the Bucs grabbed another interception.

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No cheering, no parties: COVID-19 forces different Super Bowl for fans

FILE – General view of a fireworks display from downtown Tampa in preparation of Super Bowl LV on February 06, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP
TAMPA, Fla./LONG BEACH, Calif – Fans hoping to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday will face a much different reality this year, with the novel coronavirus restricting the celebration around one of America’s unofficial holidays.
Those who choose to gather at Super Bowl parties big and small in Tampa and across the country face dire warnings from public health officials to abide by basic health and safety protocols, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 450,000 lives in the United States.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance said those who attend large watch parties should avoid “chanting or cheering” and avoid going to the restroom during “high-traffic times.”
For local businesses in Tampa, Florida, meeting the safety standards of the COVID-19 era may mean extra work without the usual super-sized plunder they might have enjoyed with America’s biggest sporting event coming to town.
“We gotta make sure we’re absolutely… taking precautions to the nines,” said Tom Malloy, 25, the manager of Ducky’s Sports Lounge in Tampa, which plans to host fans for a watch party on Sunday with indoor and outdoor seating and 40 TVs blasting the big game.
“We’re willing as a business to accept any of those additional costs to kind of make people feel safe.”
Malloy said the pandemic has been a learning experience in how to stay up to code with local safety measures while weathering the “hefty, hefty hit” to revenue.
“We’re using Super Bowl as kind of an opportunity to maybe rekindle a relationship with people who have, you know, been out of the bar scene since COVID came,” said Malloy. “Thank God Super Bowl has been helping us out.”
More than 2,500 miles away in Long Beach, California, Legends Sports Bar on bustling 2nd street is gearing up for what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.
Normally the large restaurant would be packed with revelers but due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining, additional tables have been installed outside facing giant TVs.
“We’re going to go full blast. TVs on, sound on, and just crank it as much as we can,” said manager Daryl Domantay. All of the tables, which are positioned eight feet apart, had already sold out.
He said it will be up to his staff to keep groups from getting too close, which he admitted will be a challenge.
“It’s going to be tough because usually people run up and down, high-fiving each other. Instead they have to stay in their seat unless they are using the restroom.”
But Domantay said he was lucky – similar bars in Los Angeles County that are governed by a different health department are barred from having TVs on at all to discourage large gatherings.
‘Cool it’
NFL fans planning an all-day extravaganza of food and football at home aren’t immune to the strict precautions, either.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease specialist, said this week that the typical house parties of the past should “absolutely not” happen.
“As difficult as that is, at least this time around, just lay low and cool it,” Fauci told “Good Morning America.” https://twitter.com/GMA/status/1356941462802468867
The National Basketball Association (NBA) issued a warning of its own to teams and coaches, according to media reports https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1358092247896641541, telling them they are barred from attending Super Bowl gatherings outside of their homes.
In host city Tampa, where the 22,000-person attendance cap at Raymond James Stadium has made tickets even harder to come by than usual, residents say they’re cutting back on their traditional gatherings.
“Every year we usually do a big huge party,” said Kevin Schmook, a Tampa resident of 24 years. “We can’t invite all of our friends so we just go to a house where we know people are COVID-safe.”

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