This Sunday, our country celebrates an exciting, time honored tradition that usually brings families together for a day of sports and camaraderie: SuperBowl Sunday. The word “superbowl” evokes images of BBQ, friends, and cheering for our favorite teams.
But this year, like everything else we’ve experienced in the last eleven months, the experience should be very different than in the past. Although rates of COVID-19 spread have declined over the past couple of weeks, they remain extremely high, particularly in our District. Gov. Newsom set as a threshold for reopening for in-person instruction 25 cases per day per 100,000 population, and Monterey County had 53 cases per 100,000 every day this week. The 93905 zip code remains among the most highly impacted in the entire county. And as most of you know, several Alisal staffers have lost family members to the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends small celebrations and gatherings, with only members of our own households. Big gatherings are big spreaders of the virus -- they are not advisable right now. We are on the way to emerge from this crisis, but until at least 80 percent of the population is vaccinated, we must continue practicing the safety measures we are very familiar with: washing our hands frequently, staying at least 6 feet away from members not of our immediate family, covering our mouths and noses with facemasks, and avoiding crowds.
For the community’s sake, please enjoy Sunday’s spectacle in a safe and considerate fashion. Have a good holiday weekend.