As optimistic COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations taper off, medical consultants are warning in opposition to “superspreader” Tremendous Bowl events this weekend.
“We’re not close to the house stretch. Despite the fact that the vaccines are already there, we’re nonetheless removed from vaccinating sufficient folks for the virus to not be an issue,” mentioned Paul Schalch Lepe, M.D., an area otolaryngologist (ear, nostril and throat specialist).
Dr. Schalc Lepe mentioned he’s warning San Diegans particularly in opposition to indoor gatherings with folks outdoors their family.
“We noticed that throughout the holidays, folks bringing of their prolonged households to have fun and that led to quite a few outbreaks in every single place,” he mentioned.
Based on information collected by San Diego County, optimistic COVID-19 circumstances began to climb in November and didn’t decline till a couple of weeks after New 12 months’s Eve.
If folks insist on gathering, Dr. Schalc Lepe advises they do it outdoors, bodily distanced and whereas carrying masks as typically as potential. If eating outdoor at a restaurant, he mentioned solely folks from throughout the identical family ought to dine on the identical desk.
Bars and eating places often money in on Tremendous Bowl Sunday, however due to COVID-19 restrictions it is perhaps robust for some who don’t have TVs outdoors to point out the sport – like Graze and Not Not Tacos in Little Italy. Accomplice, Sam “The Cooking Man” Zien, mentioned there are solely TVs inside his eating places.
“The TV factor, nobody actually deliberate for, however the different downside is in case you get a large TV, you’re going to create a large crowd and that’s nothing that anyone actually needs. I imply, sure, we would like the enterprise, however we wish to deal with it the appropriate method,” mentioned Zien.
Zien mentioned his crew is providing offers and reductions this weekend to assist safely attract crowds regardless of not having a TV outdoors. He’s additionally encouraging folks to select up to-go meals from his eating places and different small companies throughout the county.
“If you happen to’re going to go to a spot and get a flat bread from us, or a pizza or lasagna from someone, I like to inform folks, get two of them – eat one tonight, or for the Tremendous Bowl, after which freeze one. You’ll be glad you bought it in your freezer, it’ll nonetheless be scrumptious. However you’re actually serving to make a distinction for us alongside the streets, right here, and in every single place in San Diego that wants the additional love and help,” mentioned Zien.