The 49ers get OK from the state for selling tickets, but Santa Clara County says no


The final 49ers on the field after a 24–16 win over the Los Angeles Rams Sunday night, Jimmy Garapolo, did not struggle to demand a camera to send a message.

“Loyal,” the 49ers shouted pointing at the quarterback lens. “We miss you, baby.” This was for you guys. ”

It will certainly be weeks, and it could be months before the 49ers are allowed back to Levi’s Stadium – even though the state announced on Tuesday that limited capacity allowed for outdoor professional games Will be.

But almost as soon as the 49ers hoped they could resume selling tickets on a limited basis, Santa Clara County health officials put the brakes on the process.

The county’s executive public health officer, Drs. Speaking on behalf of Sarah Cody, who was involved in the supervisors meeting, County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith said, “It not only boggles the mind, but it is just unconscious.” “Basically, they are risking their lives. People who think they are safe are going to be at risk. People will be at risk, not just those who participate in the game, at home. And we have not even opened schools. We are still concerned about businesses that are able to survive. It makes no sense, for the spectators in the stadium.

Around Tuesday afternoon, the California Department of Health and Human Services said that professional sports teams could start selling tickets for events held at outside stadiums, so until local health officials give O.K.

The 49ers, who play in Santa Clara County, did not receive this approval. In fact, he did not find a loud and buzzing.

Santa Clara County Department of Public Health said in a statement, “Viewers at professional sporting events will not be allowed in Santa Clara County any time soon.” “We must all prioritize reducing the spread of COVID-19, creating conditions that will allow our businesses, schools and other community organizations to operate safely.

“As we see COVID-19 rates are increasing in states across America, and as we enter the winter months, when the risk increases, we cannot take chances with the health and wellbeing of our community And can discard the many sacrifices that have been made slow the spread of COVID-19.

The 49ers have already played half of their eight-game home schedule, and they host Green Bay the following night on 5 November. Without fans, Levi’s stadium home-field advantage has been reduced to cardboard cutouts and tens of vacant seats, a similar setting for the Giants and A’s ballpark this year.

“Across the nation, the virus is roaming,” Smith said. “Originally, all health experts in the nation respectfully predicted another spike in November and December. Worse is going to happen. Is going to be very bad. Now is not the time to relax the rules. ”

The state proposal has several restrictions. The number of fans allowed at the stadium will be limited, depending on the county’s coronovirus health status. “Orange” can sell up to 20% of a county’s capacity in tier; One of the “yellow” tiers can go up to 25% of capacity.

Los Angeles County – where the NFL’s Ram and Chargers share Sophie Stadium in Inglewood – resides in the “Purple” tier, the most restrictive level in which fans are not allowed to participate.

Santa Clara County is an “orange” tier county. With a levy capacity at 68,500, a 20% restriction would mean 49 people would be able to sell 13,700 tickets.

In addition to limiting the number of people allowed inside, tickets will only be sold to customers within a 120-mile radius of the stadium. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and seats will be assigned. There will be no day-to-day sales or will-call availability.

Tailgating will be prohibited and will need to cover the face, except when attendees are eating or drinking.

In a statement, the 49ers thanked state officials, but indicated that a final decision had not been made.

“We appreciate the leadership of Governor (Gavin) Newsom and the thoughtful approach in creating an outline to allow fans to return to Levi Stadium and resume economic activity of the area,” the team said. “We welcome our fans and their support from local businesses and vendors that are important to our local economy, especially during these difficult times.

“Our organization will continue to collaborate with local public health officials to implement a plan that ensures a plan that protects the health and well-being of all San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s stadium employees, patrons and our community.”

Nearly half of the 32 NFL teams have opened their doors to fans of limited ability. Monday’s Arizona-Dallas game attracted a crowd of 25,174 people.

At the college level, where protocol varies greatly, Florida A and M’s October 10 home game against Florida was 24,709 appearances. A few days later, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin announced that 18 scholarship players and three walk-ons had tested positive for coronovirus.

The next outdoor professional event in the Bay Area is San Jose Earthquake’s Major League Soccer game against Real Salt Lake at the earthquake sites next Wednesday. With a seating capacity of 18,000, Tuesday’s decision by the state would have allowed Quake to sell 3,600 tickets.

The team said in a statement, “We are incredibly appreciative of Governor Newsome, so that fans will have to work carefully to return to the earthquake stadium.” “We will continue to work with Major League Soccer and local public health officials to create a plan to welcome fans as soon as possible. Our priority remains for the health and wellbeing of our team, staff and the local community. ”

The new state guidelines do not affect amateur sports, including Cal, Stanford and San Jose State, or youth sports. CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Gali said: “Stay tuned. … We’re working to fix it.”

Under current guidelines, fans will not be allowed in collegiate or youth sports.

Gali said allowing fans to return to the stadium for professional games would inform that the decision would proceed. “We’re going to look at the experience here to understand how to use this new guidance,” he said.

San Jose State – which plays its home games at the CEFCU Stadium in San Jose – opens its football season by hosting the Air Force on Friday.

Pac-12 begins its epidemic-delayed season in November. 7. Cal will host Washington at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, while Stanford will travel to play in Oregon. The Cardinals play their first home game against Colorado the following weekend.

“I think it would be great, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen anytime soon,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said. “I think both the governor and the counties have drawn a line between professional and collegiate sports. What applies to the NFL may or may not apply to us. I know our people will talk through it.

“Right now, we are not expecting anyone in the stand, especially in California, to be in the stand. Some other teams in our conference may have family members. I don’t anticipate fans. If If we come close to the season or inside the season, it will be a very good change, but I am not afraid of that right now. ”

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer and Michael Lerseth is an assistant sports editor. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @Rusty_SFChron, @MikeLerseth

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