DALY CITY – San Mateo County Board President David J. Canepa made the following statement on Monday, February 1 following warnings by health officials across California that the Sunday, February 7 Super Bowl could be a COVID-19 super spreader event. History will be made as San Mateo native Tom Brady will appear in his 10th NFL Championship game.
“The whole world will be watching this historic matchup between Tom Brady’s Bucs and the Chiefs, but we cannot afford to fumble away the progress we have made in ending COVID by attending Super Bowl super spreader gatherings,” Canepa, who represents District 5 encompassing Daly City, Colma, Brisbane, portions of South San Francisco and San Bruno and the unincorporated Broadmoor Village, said. “Ditch the big parties and for the love of Tom Brady – wear your damn masks.”
Brady’s parents, Tom Sr. and Gaylynn, both contracted COVID-19 at the start of the NFL season, the six-time Super Bowl champion revealed last week.
Bay Area health officials cautioned over the weekend that any gatherings with other households during the Super Bowl should be socially distanced, out of doors and involve wearing masks.
“Whether you love Tom Brady or hate him, I suspect there will be record numbers of people around the world who will be glued to their TV sets on Sunday,” Canepa said. “That being said, the temptation to attend large Super Bowl parties may be irresistible to many but know that if you do, you penalize the rest of us by not playing by the rules. People are still dying, and we don’t want this spectacular event to cause more COVID-related suffering.”
The Super Bowl has many ties to the Bay Area as Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid started his football coaching career at San Francisco State University in the 1980s. (Supervisor David Canepa’s Office Release)