The folks running the Super Bowl are making some serious adjustments to make sure the show can still go on. Find out what they are doing in today’s EBI Screening News Update.
It’s a Super Bowl edition of SNN!
The big game is just two days away. Tampa Bay will host Kansas City for Super Bowl LV, and the NFL is working overtime to plan a safe experience for both players and fans.
Raymond James Stadium normally holds 65,000 excited football lovers, but only 22,000 will get to watch this game in person. A third of the lucky fans are healthcare workers who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.
To protect the rest, the stadium will be handing out PPE kits to everyone that include N-95 masks. The masks must be worn at all times unless folks are eating or drinking.
People will also be seated in pods, so they will not come in contact with strangers, and all transactions will be cashless. Ticketholders are also required to agree to a safety pledge that will keep them at home if they feel sick.
So, that’s how fans are being protected. Things get really interesting when it comes to how the NFL is shielding players and employees from the virus.
When players arrived in Tampa earlier this week, they were each given a smart tag that they are required to wear at all times. If they get within 6-feet of another person, the tag will beep to tell them to step away from each other. All of these encounters will be recorded and will be used to contact trace if anyone comes down with COVID-19.
The technology they are using is the very same one used in EBI’s new Workplace Health & Safety Contact Tracing and Distance Monitoring solution. The technology in these little chips has been around for a long time. Teams have been using them for years to measure athletes’ performance. When COVID-19 hit, the company did a lightning-fast pivot to utilize the technology for distance monitoring and contact tracing.
Every single person involved with the game – whether they are on the field or behind the scenes – will be wearing a chip.
If you would like to find out more about how you can use the same ultra-wideband tags used by both the NFL and the NBA to protect your team, visit www.EBIWHS.com.
In addition to the distance monitoring, players are being tested for COVID-19 twice each day – once in the morning and then again later in the afternoon. Anyone who tests positive will not be allowed to play on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, two Chiefs players were put on the reserve/COVID-19 list because a barber who cut their hair tested positive on Sunday. Demarcus Robinson and Daniel Kilgore are now waiting to see if they will have to miss the game of a lifetime.
Neither player has tested positive for coronavirus, but they were identified as close contacts during the contact tracing procedure. Both players must stay in isolation for five days. If they continue to test negative, they could be cleared to play.
Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.