“investigating students packing into bars without masks or social distancing measures while in the midst of a pandemic”
There are stories like this from all over the country. If it keeps up, don’t be surprised if there is some kind of backlash. If I was in college right now, I would just drop out and take a year or two off.
Auburn University investigating students packing bars amid pandemic
Two masked men on Southeastern’s patio in downtown Auburn posed for a photo while around them unmasked people milled around chugging beers, greeting friends and singing along to “Mo Bamba.” It was the culmination of the first week of classes at Auburn University.
Now, Auburn officials are investigating students packing into bars without masks or social distancing measures while in the midst of a pandemic. Auburn reported 41 COVID-19 cases for the week of August 8-14 and has reported 338 since March. The city is still under Governor Kay Ivey’s statewide mask mandate that requires face coverings when in public and in close contact with other people. The order is set to expire August 31 at 5 p.m.
Throughout the week, bar patrons could be seen out of their seats and mingling without masks in Southeastern, Skybar, 1716 and Moe’s Original BBQ. On Saturday, the numbers in Southeastern and Skybar rose to the hundreds, and police officers showed up at each bar, hitting Southeastern around 10:30 p.m. and Skybar around 10:45 p.m. An AL.com reporter saw the police handing the manager of Southeastern and the owner of Skybar papers from their clipboards, but they did not respond to requests for comment. Southeastern and Skybar also did not respond.
Both Skybar and Southeastern required masks to get in, but people were seen walking up without masks, putting them on to get in and immediately taking them off once inside. Skybar was also taking temperatures at the door. Employees at all the bars were wearing masks Saturday, although Moe’s outdoor bartenders were not wearing masks Wednesday.
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