Safety Tips for Hawkeye Fans
While COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations in Iowa have never been higher, the Iowa Hawkeyes are scheduled to play football starting Oct. 24, 2020, and fans are understandably excited to see them back in action. Local public health officials urge fans to make a tailgating plan that aims to decrease your risk for spreading or contracting COVID-19.
Johnson County Public Health, urges all residents and visitors to make safer choices for themselves and others, until we hit the goal line – a safe and effective vaccine. Their experts offers these tips to keep you and your team safe:
- Cheering from your home with only those in your household or hosting virtual viewing parties are the safest options.
- Hosting a small get together with your first-string friends and family is more risky, but if you choose to do so, please gather outdoors, stay six feet apart, wear masks and wash your hands.
- Heading to your favorite bar or restaurant poses a much higher risk. You can call ahead and learn out their current safety practices.
- Ask if there is outdoor seating and viewing.
- Ask if indoor seating limited and spaced six feet apart.
- Ask if masks required of staff and customers at all times except when eating or taking a drink.
- Limit your time at the establishment.
Remember, there is a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 as groups get larger and closer together, and gather for longer timeframes, especially while indoors.
Always keep the following in mind:
- If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.
- Wear a mask over your mouth and nose. Show your team spirit with a Hawkeye mask.
- Avoid small spaces that do not allow for distancing of six feet.
- Stay at least six feet away from those who do not live in your home.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.