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Fans prepare to watch the Packers game at home, with COVID-19 safety precautions in mind

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 23:20:19-05

MILWAUKEE — Grocery stores were busy Saturday as fans stocked up on essential snacks and drinks to watch the Packers game from home.

Shoppers at Piggly Wiggly on Capitol Drive in Milwaukee expressed their excitement.

"We are barbecuing, we are going to make sure we have everything on the grill for the game, we’re going to have nice drinks," said Rob Jones, the store director.

"Something simple, meatballs, chicken wings, sub sandwiches," said shopper Nikita Godbolt.

"I'm going to make Indian tacos, I'm from the Menominee Reservation," said Richard John Heczko.

No one said they were planning to have any big parties. Instead some said they would maybe have gatherings with a few people.

"Something small, remembering COVID-19, so everyone masked and spread out around the house," Godbolt said.

"We're not having a big gathering," Heczko said. "I'm still trying to be cautious. I don’t want to get sick with this or spread it with everybody."

Other fans say they aren't taking any chances.

"Me and my fiancé, right there, we stay in the room all the time, we stay in the house, being safe and stay safe, and pray to God that all this ends, all the while," shopper Tilla said. "But until then I'm at home, no company, nobody."

In fact, health workers say the safest way to watch the game with people you don't live with, is to stay home and connect virtually.

"Even a relatively small group of friends over, and, you know, we're eating chips and we're drinking a few beers and we're having a good time," said UW Health Dr. Jeff Pothof. "There is really no better environment for COVID-19 to infect people then that environment. So we really need to ask people to do what they did for Thanksgiving, what they did for Christmas and New Years."

With all the uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is for sure: fans are confident the Packers will win.

"So everybody pretty much sees us winning tomorrow, and I do too," Jones said. "And I mean by at least two touchdowns."

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