With the COVID-19 pandemic still constantly infecting thousands of people per day in the US, a lot of adjustments have been required of NFL players and teams. Given that, San Francisco 49ers fans planning to purchase tickets for games might have to reconsider their plans and be a little creative.

Matt Barrows of The Athletic cleared the air when it comes to actual fans being allowed inside the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“There has been no official word on whether there will be real, live, breathing fans in the stadium this season, but I don’t think any of us are optimistic that will happen,” Barrows said in a recent mailbag.

California has been at the top of the list when it comes to total COVID-19 cases in the US with a whopping total of 561,911 cases to date. Due to this, San Francisco’s MLB team — the San Francisco Giants — have opted to use cardboard cutouts in lieu of actual fans inside their own stadium in the Bay Area.

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For what it’s worth, 49ers stars Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle even made a cardboard cameo in Oracle Park.

On Monday, it was reported that Santa Clara County had 751 new positive cases. With COVID-19 patients continuously increasing, these cardboard cutouts may be the best and safest approach the 49ers have in getting”fans” inside their stadium.

“Yes, the team is considering cutouts. It might be something that includes a charitable component, such as benefiting the 49ers Foundation or something similar. Just make sure your cutout has a lively expression. We don’t want to see any board looks in the stands!” Barrows said.