49ers may need temporary home after county contact sports ban

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The San Francisco 49ers and other teams may need to find a new temporary home after Santa Clara County on Saturday banned all contact sports from hosting games and practices for the next three weeks.

County officials have released the guidelines in response to the increase in coronavirus cases in the region. The rules go into effect Monday and will last for three weeks.

The 49ers have home games scheduled for Dec. 7 against Buffalo and Dec. 13 against Washington at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The team also practices at this site in the county. The team had no immediate comment on the new rules.

The rules will also have an impact on the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and varsity teams at Stanford and San Jose State.

“For these teams, they won’t be able to play games or train where they have direct contact, in the county,” Santa Clara County attorney James Williams said.

Williams said he is in contact with the teams. None immediately responded to requests for comment.

The NHL hasn’t announced a start date for training camp, but the Sharks have said they will look at other venues if necessary.

Stanford and the State of San Jose also have several sports in season. The Cardinal has a home football game scheduled for Dec. 12 against Oregon State.

The Spartans will play home football games Dec. 5 against Hawaii and Dec. 11 against Nevada. San Jose State was practicing pre-season a few hundred miles away in Humboldt State due to restrictions in Santa Clara County.

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