The Santa Clara County public health department said Tuesday afternoon that "audiences at professional sporting events will not be allowed anytime soon," shortly after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state would allow outdoor stadiums in counties in the orange tier of its coronavirus risk levels to open at 20 percent capacity.
Newsom's announcement had opened the possibility the 49ers would have fans in attendance at their next home game at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 5.
"Audiences at professional sporting events will not be allowed anytime soon in Santa Clara County, and theme parks will not resume operation," the county public health department said in a statement. "We must all continue to prioritize reducing the spread of COVID-19, creating conditions that will allow our businesses, schools, and other community organizations to operate safely. As we see COVID-19 rates rising in states across the U.S., and as we enter the winter months when risk will increase, we cannot take chances with the health and wellbeing of our community and forfeit the many sacrifices that have been made to slow the spread of COVID-19."
Earlier Tuesday, Newsom announced the state would allow outdoor stadiums to have fans at 20 percent capacity if the county is in the orange tier or better. The fans must live within 120 miles of the stadium.
Santa Clara County was one of the first six counties in the state to issue shelter-in-place orders amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, and the county currently is in the state's orange tier. That means the county is experiencing moderate spread of the virus.
The 49ers released a statement following Newsom's initial announcement, pledging to work with the county to allow fans safely.
The 49ers now are 3-3 after their season-saving win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. They will travel to play the New England Patriots this Sunday before heading to Seattle to face the Seahawks in Week 8.
The state's announcement indicated that some of The Faithful could've welcomed them home in three weeks, but the county clearly is approaching the situation with extreme caution.