TAMPA, FLORIDA- As Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl on Sunday, the streets were reported to be flooded with Tampa Bay fans celebrating and ignoring precautions by medical experts to maintain social distance and to wear masks.
According to a reporter from the Tampa Bay Times, the bizarre episode of a man in a red T-shirt and Shorts climbed up a small tree in the city’s South Howard District and rocked back and forth as many fans egged him on. As the people started shoving at each other the police then took steps in taking the man on the tree to custody. At least one police officer was reported to get knocked down during this episode.
The Tampa Police Department has not made it clear as to how many were arrested or if any citation for violation were issued after the game.
According to reports, a large number of people have been partying in Ybor city; a popular place in Tampa for nightlife. Only a very few appeared to be wearing masks and any effort to disperse the crowd by the authorities was not spotted. It was reported to have been ‘one massive dance floor.’
With the transmissible variant of Coronavirus anywhere out there, officials show concern of Super Bowl festivities becoming a super spreader event.
TAMPA – With details still remained to be scarce, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is to execute an outdoor mask order to some areas as modeling predicts a 25% reduction in social distancing during the super bowl 55 festivities. The announcement by the Mayor on Wednesday made masks mandatory in heavily-trafficked areas.
The news was on Castor’s Facebook Live show and the executed order confirmed the mandatory masking areas to be Downtown, Ybor City, SoHo, The channel district, and around the neighborhoods of Raymond James Stadium. The order also outlines districts of Riverwalk and Armature to be included in the order as they are within event limits.
Although designed to be voluntary, upon citation of infringement a penalty fine of up to $500 would be charged. The executed order which is now in effect will remain until the 13th of February, almost a week after the finale of a premier sports event.
In Castor’s statement on Thursday, she said, “It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to be able to host a fun and safe super bowl here in Tampa- hoping everyone would do their part.” She also added that the fans should feel safe and confident when they are out celebrating the super bowl LV in Tampa; a city that takes this pandemic seriously. Moreover, she highlighted that taking excellent COVID-19 precautionary measures would be as taking personal responsibility to keep you, your loved ones, and other fans including the entire Tampa Bay community safe and sound.