The 49ers aren't allowed to play or practice in Santa Clara for at least the next three weeks after the county barred all professional, collegiate and youth contact sports in revising Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody's risk reduction order.
The Coliseum "is not a viable option" for the 49ers to play games following Santa Clara County's latest health order issued in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, The Athletic's Lindsay Jones reported Saturday, citing a source.
The stringent new social-distancing measures have left the 49ers in limbo, with Kyle Shanahan's side due to host back-to-back games behind closed doors - vs. the Bills on December 7 and Washington on December 13.
Amended protocols in Santa Clara County - where the 49ers reside - ban all contact sports and require individuals to quarantine for 14 days if traveling into the region from 150 miles away.
The San Francisco 49ers woke up Monday to the reality they are likely to play their next two home games on the road. "So, that means that for those teams, they will not be able to play games or have practices where they have direct contact within the county".
The 49ers said Saturday they are working with the National Football League on operational plans. Next up for them is their game against the Bills on Monday, Dec. 7.
The 49ers are reportedly considering the Arizona Cardinals' State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The team had no comment early Saturday afternoon but is in the process of gathering information to understand what comes next and potential options to continue its season.
As of Saturday, 760 new cases of COVID-19 has been identified while 239 people had been hospitalized, 71 of whom are in the ICU, marking new records for single-day counts since the Bay Area-and specifically the South Bay-emerged as a hotspot for the pandemic in March.
The new health guidelines aren't limited to the 49ers, either.
The county is also under a curfew order that begins at 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. San Mateo County has seen an 85% spike in COVID-19 cases between October and November, according to county health data. "I was just very disappointed".