'Super-spreader event': Fears over 'crazy' scenes amid virus spike

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Alabama Crimson Tide fans celebrate on 'The Strip' in big numbers.
Alabama Crimson Tide fans celebrate on the streets after the university won the national championship during the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: Twitter)

Fears of a ‘super spreader event’ occurred in the hours after College Football’s national championship after fans took to the street in huge numbers to celebrate Alabama’s victory.

Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State 52-24 for the national championship as wide receiver DeVonta Smith stole the show as a huge NFL prospect.

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But health experts and viewers were shocked as fans took to the streets before and after the event to celebrate with many clearly flouting public health orders.

Videos started surfacing around lunchtime of local bars reaching standing-room only capacity with fans packed shoulder-to-shoulder inside and out.

One student was asked if he was concerned about the virus in the crowds, to which he said: “Not at all.”

Fans celebrate after Alabama victory

Following Alabama’s national championship crown, videos emerged of fans celebrating on the street near the campus in huge numbers.

Traffic light cameras picked up thousands of fans in an area known as ‘The Strip’ huddled together.

Local guidelines require residents to ‘wear a mask’ at a restaurant while they are not seated and eating or drinking.

The order also limits groups to eight people and requires that groups remain spaced six feet apart.

Local news reports that masks were scarcely seen at the packed bars, while fans clearly flouted the social distance orders before and after the game.

The scenes defied orders from Mayor Walt Maddox and the Alabama State Health Office.

The university released a statement claiming officials had worked to minimise risk before, during and after the game including: “issuing warnings and admonitions about the need for masks, social distancing and responsible behaviour.”

“As a result of recent events, we are allowing faculty to be flexible for the next two weeks with the option to temporarily hold classes remotely,” the statement added. “Students have the option to attend in-person activities remotely as well.”

As of Sunday, the Covid Tracking Project reported that the rate for new cases and Covid-related deaths in the US was at its highest point at any time during the pandemic.

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