Health experts give tips for celebrating a safe Super Bowl

JOPLIN, Mo. – Your Super Bowl parties may look a bit different this year. At least, that’s what public health professionals recommend.

“My advice would be to stay away,” said Donna Stokes, an Infection Preventionist at Mercy Hospital.

Stokes says that although we may be seeing a decline in COVID cases locally, we can’t let our guard down just yet.

“There’s a potential to see a spike after the Super Bowl, people are really excited, Go Kansas City Chiefs! And I believe that we will see something very similar to what we saw after Christmas and New Years,” said Stokes.

She says that those wishing to visit a bar or restaurant to watch the game, should opt for takeout. Local restaurant owner Floyd Hackett is trying to take precautions against the virus by having customers pre order for game day and practicing social distancing.

“You can call or come in and get on the prepaid list,” says Hackett. “Or you can call and come in and get on the list to reserve a table. Now we’re gonna have to do social distancing and we’re gonna have to make sure everybody’s taken care of. During the game time we did that, everybody had a ball in here so we could just keep that going through the Super Bowl.

While this Super Bowl is certainly one to be excited about, it’s important to keep safety in mind while celebrating.

The Kansas City Chiefs will playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl on February 7.