Hoboken mayor urges against Super Bowl parties that ‘could turn into super-spreader events’


Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is urging residents to avoid Super Bowl parties since they “could turn into super-spreader events” since multiple households are gathering in one space.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I know for many, the Super Bowl is a time to gather with friends and enjoy the final weekend of the football season,” the mayor said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, we continue to remain in the midst of a pandemic where indoor gatherings with multiple households could turn into super-spreader events. Like we advised during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, I urge residents to avoid large, indoor gatherings with multiple households to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

He continued that anyone who is attending a large indoor gathering should get a COVID-19 test prior to Sunday and also request others attending to do the same – even if they don’t have symptoms.

On Twitter, Bhalla shared an article from ESPN where Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said that Super Bowl parties should be avoided this year to slow the coronavirus spread.

Earlier this week, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Bhalla were in agreement that they would follow Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) lead and not impose a 10 p.m. curfew for indoor dining on bars and restaurants ahead of the big game.

Riverside Medical Group and Medicine Man Pharmacy has rapid COVID-19 testing available on Saturday.

To sign-up for an appointment and view testing options, click here.

Super Bowl LV pits the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Kansas City Chief, the defending champs whose electric offense runs through Patrick Mahomes.

This marks the first time that a Super Bowl team has a home field advantage, being played at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

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