Here’s how to have a safe Super Bowl party (if you decide to have one, which you probably shouldn’t)

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COVID-19 has stripped much of the joy from our day to day lives. Even a small house party or other small gatherings are ill-advised. The necessary restrictions, put in place to slow the spread of this deadly virus, have done a number on our social lives. Now the pandemic is coming for our NFL championship game plans, with a recently released guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailing how to throw a safe Super Bowl party. 

The CDC guide recommends virtual parties or in-person gatherings that only involve members of your home. If you can’t resist the urge to invite friends, shifting your Super Bowl party outside is the safest way to enjoy the game. Outdoor parties, in states with weather that allow for them, provide the necessary space for guests to stay six feet apart. 

The majority of the CDC’s recommendations will make your Super Bowl party far more safe, but they will also make it much less of a party. If you absolutely must throw a shindig this year—which you probably shouldn’t, until the pandemic is better under control—you’ll have to pull back on many of the staples of a good celebration. 

All attendees should wear at least one, but preferably two, masks. A cloth mask on top of a disposable one is the best combination. Keep at least six feet away from anyone you don’t live with, and try to resist the urge to hug or shake hands. Maintain frequent hand washing, and—if hosting—make sure there’s easy access to hand sanitizer.

Then comes the real kicker: no shouting, cheering, or singing. These activities spread respiratory droplets much farther, enhancing the risk that you or your guests may spread COVID-19. Instead, the CDC recommends you “clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers.”

The CDC also recommends a number of ways to make your safe Super Bowl party as “fun” as possible. It suggests decorating your home with your team’s colors, making themed appetizers and sharing the recipes with other virtual attendees, and starting a group text to discuss the game. 

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Sources: CDC, New York Daily News

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