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Seeking advice: Can I throw a last-minute Super Bowl party?

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The coronavirus vaccine has forced us to adapt to a new normal. One day, if people take precautions and wear their masks and get the vaccine when it’s available, perhaps the new normal will revert back to the way things used to be.

Until then, you might have questions about how you’re supposed to live your life in this new world. Hopefully, we can give you the answers.

So, as we do our best Dear Abby and/or Ask Ann Landers impression, let’s answer the query that’s most on your mind.

Q: I’m a Cincinnati Bengals fan, so I don’t have a rooting interest in the Super Bowl on Sunday. But I still want to see my friends, eat some nachos, and play the Big Game on my 75-inch flat screen. I’ve been really careful during the pandemic. I only see friends on outside walks, and I always wear a mask. Can I just kinda throw caution to the wind for one night and have people come over to the house for a Super Bowl party? I promise we’ll all wear masks and that we’ll try to stay a few feet apart from each other while we watch the game. Or is that just too risky?

A: Yes, it’s really risky. You shouldn’t have people outside of your household (or your quarantine bubble, if you have one) come to your house to watch Super Bowl LV. We already know small gatherings can be unsafe during the pandemic, and the CDC has tried to make it known that hosting a Super Bowl shindig really isn’t the best idea at the moment. Instead, you could host a virtual party. 

But if you insist on inviting people to your home, try to take as many precautions as possible. That means hosting the party outside, weather permitting, and making sure everybody wears a mask, washes their hands frequently, and keeps six feet apart from each other. Also, shaking hands and hugging must be discouraged, and people should bring their own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. 

The CDC also recommends not getting overly excited during the game, writing, “Avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing. Clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead.”

If this sounds like kind of a weak party setting, well, you might not be wrong. It’s not going to be the same kind of Super Bowl party as usual where everybody grabs from the same bag of chips and uses the same dip, where you can chest-bump others when your team scores, where you can scream at the opponent on the TV, where you can exchange money hand to hand after your Super Bowl square hits. Maybe the world can get back to that for Super Bowl LVI next season. For now, this is the best you can do if you absolutely must throw a party. Sorry about that. 

Oh, and I’m sorry about being a Bengals fan, as well. Maybe next year will be their year. 

If you missed our last Dear Abby offering, we answered a question about whether’s it’s necessary to wear two masks instead of one. It’s called double-masking, and it’s grown in visibility and popularity. 

Josh Katzowitz

Written by Josh Katzowitz