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People Calling Police on College Students for Not Wearing Masks or Social Distancing at Parties

People Calling Police on College Students for Not Wearing Masks or Social Distancing at Parties

“people are starting to call and say there’s a party at this private house and they’re not social distancing, and they’re not wearing masks”

This is happening in Amherst, MA, a town that owes much of its economy to the many colleges in the area.

Mass Live reports:

College parties take on a new cast in COVID-19 era: Amherst residents concerned about students without masks, too close together

Residents have been calling police after seeing college students outdoors at private homes not wearing masks and too close to each other, Town Manager Paul Bockelman told the Town Council during Monday’s meeting.

“Many of our year-round residents are seeing smallish parties, by Amherst standards. But people are starting to call and say there’s a party at this private house and they’re not social distancing, and they’re not wearing masks,” Bockelman said.

“Normally, that person might have just walked by or driven by that household as being a normal student party — but in this day and age it’s a different feeling for people,” he said.

The difference, of course, is the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted local colleges to send students home in mid-March.

After peaking in April, the rate of new cases of COVID-19 continues to decline in Massachusetts. But health experts continue to recommend that people wear face coverings and stay at least 6 feet apart from others while in public.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to keep almost all of its courses online in the fall semester, but it has invited some students to return to campus — provided they abide by restrictions meant to stop the spread of the virus.

Even so, the return of students — particularly those living off campus — has prompted concern from Bockelman and others who say an influx of students could lead to new spikes in infections.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | July 31, 2020 at 12:39 pm

The same kind who will denouce gtheir neighbors to the FBI for saying the wrong things in private.

Hold ’em to their own standards.

I think this is great. I grew up in a small Massachusetts college town where the students were mostly hated, and for good reason. There’s more than Karening going on, the townsfolk are getting some of their own back.

Are they all named Karen?
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Another Voice | August 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Like Oberlin, students return to their University or College with the idea that off campus is their back door play yard. The businesses which avail themselves and in return, profit from them, are treated with ill regard by the majority of them. Most “townies” avoid these establishments during peak times of the day when they come off campus as they act like they’re still at their student union buildings. I can see this happening in a college communities, not because they are the “Karens” but because these students have an entitlement attitude and give no respect or regard to be visitors they are to the residents of the host community.

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