From super team to super spreader?
Coronavirus fatigue is a very real thing — just look at the dramatically spiking cases and hospitalizations across the country — but just because a vaccine is being administered doesn’t mean rabid fans should be acively working to avoid coronavirus policies and procedures.
Someone may want to convey that message to Crimson Tide fans, who caused a stir after Alabama’s 52-24 victory in Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game, as throngs of long-suffering ‘Bama faithful took to the streets to celebrate their long-awaited … sixth championship in 12 years.
The concerns for public health and safety started before the game, with hundreds lining up to get into bars to take in the national championship.
LARGE CROWDS GATHER IN TUSCALOOSA AT BARS: large crowds of fans are waiting in long lines at bars on the strip trying to get seats inside to watching tonight’s college national championship game pic.twitter.com/x9f1Dawp8c
— Tim Reid (@reidreporterguy) January 11, 2021
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The celebrations came against the warning of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mayor Walt Maddox, who urged fans not to celebrate, and should they choose to, to celebrate responsibly and in accordance with laws and regulations put forth by the state: social distancing, mask wearing and so forth — all things seemingly disregarded.
It appears that fans broke all three guidelines put forth in some way by Maddox.
“Particularly in our downtown Strip area, and other places of entertainment activity throughout our city is important to remember this, we can’t have block parties this year,” Maddox said, via TuscaloosaThread.com. “There’ll be a time and place to celebrate, but this is not the time.”
Tuscaloosa’s DCH medical facilities have already been “stretched thin” with recent spike in hospitalizations, leaving the city in a difficult position should cases come arise from the celebration.
The latest reported COVID-19 numbers in Alabama are creeping closer to half a million cases, with 5,347 deaths reported due to the virus.
Some fans were let into Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., to take in the national championship, with the final tally reported as just under 15,000 spectators.