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Followers have a good time Tremendous Bowl outdoors Tampa stadium
Although this 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl has restricted areas for tailgating because of the coronavirus pandemic, followers nonetheless confirmed as much as have a good time outdoors Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Feb. 7)
Public well being officers and specialists have warned that attending large events surrounding the Super Bowl could lead to similar spikes in COVID-19 cases, simply as Thanksgiving and Christmas did.
But plenty of celebrities – together with performers and people collaborating in a celeb flag soccer sport – have been proven in pictures and movies over the weekend in Tampa, Florida, going in opposition to security pointers put in place by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, native well being officers and occasion organizers.
Diplo, 50 Cent, Migos, Steve Aoki and Tory Lanez all carried out throughout the Massive Sport Weekend occasion co-sponsored by Barstool Sports activities and Miami nightclub E11EVEN at Tampa’s WTR Pool & Grill between Thursday and Saturday. Every carried out with out masks and in entrance of virtually solely maskless crowds on the out of doors venue, per movies captured by attendees.
USA TODAY has reached out to Tampa Police, the WTR Pool & Grill and E11EVEN and the celebrities’ representatives for remark.
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“This is not how we needs to be celebrating the Tremendous Bowl,” tweeted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Saturday, condemning pictures from 50 Cent’s present. “It’s not safe or smart. It’s stupid. We’ll take a really shut have a look at this, and it might find yourself costing somebody much more than 50 cent.”
Diplo shared a series of photos to Instagram on Saturday, one among which seems to point he has obtained each doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Others present an indication that reads “MASKS ARE MANDATORY” and the DJ carrying a masks designed to seem like his face. He wore the masks whereas taking pictures previous to the occasion, however eliminated it for the efficiency.
The CDC say those who have received both doses should continue to wear masks and social distance: “Not sufficient data is presently obtainable to say if or when CDC will cease recommending that folks put on masks and keep away from shut contact with others to assist stop the unfold of the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Lanez and several other “Bachelor” franchise alums would go on to play in a celeb flag soccer sport on Sunday, additionally maskless, with just some attendees on the sidelines carrying masks, per video shared by Celeb Sweat, the occasion’s official organizer.
Former “Bachelor” Peter Weber, and former “Bachelorette” contestants Jason Tartick and Blake Horstmann, in addition to a number of former NFL and WWE athletes, have been among the many sport’s individuals. USA TODAY has reached out to Celeb Sweat, Tartick and Horstmann. It was not instantly obvious if Weber had a consultant.
In keeping with Celeb Sweat’s web site, this 12 months’s occasion was closed to the general public and face masks have been required. The Tampa Bay Occasions reviews that greater than 100 onlookers watched from behind the flag soccer sport’s barricades, “almost all of them maskless.”
The NFL’s security precautions for the Tremendous Bowl embody capping attendance at 25,000 visitors, almost a 3rd of whom will likely be vaccinated healthcare employees from Florida. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has imposed a masks mandate for leisure areas and set a $500 positive for violators. However enforcement has been problematic in a state the place Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned localities from gathering masks fines.
“I’m inspired by what I’m seeing the NFL doing on the precise sport itself,’’ mentioned Jill Roberts, an assistant professor on the College of South Florida within the School of Public Well being. “I feel inside the stadium and the sport itself, the danger could be very low.
“My concern is an inflow of individuals going to bars and eating places and tailgating in areas close to the stadium and all of these issues. Tremendous Bowl events are going to be as large of an issue as gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas have been, and we do know for certain these gatherings did affect the rise in circumstances that we’re seeing proper now.”
As of Sunday, the U.S. is nearing 27 million COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 463,300 deaths, per Johns Hopkins data.
Contributing: Josh Peter