Attending Sporting Events

 In Insurance News
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Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/attending-sports.html

People who attend a sporting event can take action to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread while attending sporting events. The more people someone interacts with, the closer, the longer, and the more frequent the interaction, and the more contact with frequently touched surfaces, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 can be different, depending on the type of sporting event someone attends or the way they participate in the sporting event, as well as the number of COVID-19 cases both where they live and where the sporting event is taking place. The risk of COVID-19 increases for spectators in sporting event settings as follows:

Lowest Risk:

  • Watching the sporting event on television or online in your home with members of your household

More Risk:

  • The event, including tailgating, is held outdoors
  • All attendees wear masks
  • Attendees are discouraged from yelling, chanting, or singing
  • All attendees stay at least six feet away from people they do not live with
  • Attendees at a community sporting event are from the local area and limited to family and friends of athletes
  • Attendees do not share food or drinks or personal items (e.g., noisemakers) with people they don’t live with
  • The sports program has several mitigation strategies (e.g., blocked off seats or rows, visual cues such as floor markings for social distancing, cleaning and disinfection) and messaging in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19

Highest Risk:

Traveling to a different geographic area to attend a sporting event or tailgate when

  • The event is held in a confined, poorly ventilated indoor space
  • Attendees do not wear masks
  • Attendees yell, chant, and sing without masks
  • Attendees do not stay at least six feet away from people they do not live with
  • Attendees travel from outside the area to attend the event
  • Attendees freely share their food and personal items (e.g., noisemakers) with people they don’t live with
  • The sports program has no modifications or messaging in place to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19
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