(NEW YORK) — If you have Super Bowl fever, you won’t need to contact trace. However the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we’re going to enjoy the Big Game this year, according to a new survey.
The non-scientific poll of 2,200 Americans commissioned by Verizon revealed that more than half — 53% — say the COVID-19 situation has had an impact on their Super Bowl plans this year.
Eighty-three percent say as a result of the pandemic, they’re only watching the battle between the Bucs and the Chiefs with their immediate family: Gone are the traditional blowout Super Bowl parties from the “before times.”
The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, also revealed one in five plan to watch this year’s championship together virtually with friends through video or online chat — that’s twice as many who did so last year.
And with respondents’ big party plans cancelled, gone too is the notion of slaving in the kitchen to prepare enough snacks for a crowd. 52% say they’re ordering food in, with 52% say they’re getting their nachos and such from local businesses, and 50% from restaurant chains. That’s a 60% jump, compared to those who ordered in last year.
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