Tens of Thousands of Fans Seen Defying Los Angeles Mask Mandate at Super Bowl

Crowds enjoyed a maskless Super Bowl at Sofi Stadium Sunday, despite the Los Angeles mask mandate that extends through Feb. 15.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Although KN95 masks were given to every person in attendance at the game this past weekend, tens of thousands of people in the stadium were seen not wearing them.
  • There are some photos of entire crowds taken during the super bowl in which not one mask can be spotted among the smiling, cheering, and shouting fans.
  • According to the stadium’s website, everyone age 2 and older were required to wear a mask unless they were eating or drinking.
  • “Masks can only be removed to actively eat or drink, after which they must be immediately put back on,” the website said.
  • There’s also an indoor mask mandate throughout the state of California in place until February 15.
SOFI STADIUMS MASK GUIDELINES, PER WEBSITE:

“Masks can only be removed to actively eat or drink, after which they must be immediately put back on.”

BACKGROUND:
  • Many critics took to Twitter over the maskless game, pointing out the fact that students across Los Angeles county are still required to wear masks at school.
  • “We had to turn off the super bowl in my house last night because the maskless crowds enjoying themselves was too much. Today we dropped off our child where 2+ are masked as well as teachers. If you aren’t fighting yet, you’re part of the problem. #UNMASKOURCHILDREN,” one user said.
  • The mask mandates in California schools has been a topic of ongoing debate, and Governor Gavin Newsom is set to announce new guidance for schools.