California will allow fans to attend outdoor professional sporting events

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 10/21/20

Many states across the country have allowed fans at professional sporting events since NFL games began in September, but one of the biggest states in the country, which has some pretty strict COVID-19 protocols, hasn’t allowed its teams to host spectators yet.

That’s about to change, though, as California is prepared to allow fans back into outdoor stadiums for professional sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates, the state’s health officials said Tuesday, according to ESPN. 

However, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara are currently the only counties that meet the guidelines to allow fans to attend sporting events. Shortly after the announcement, officials in Santa Clara issued a statement saying they weren’t prepared to allow fans into Levi’s Stadium.

Up to 14,000 fans could attend Levi’s Stadium events under state guidance, but county health officials believe putting fans into a situation like that will cause the coronavirus to spread more than it already has.

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