Football fans flooded the streets of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to celebrate the University of Alabama’s championship win against Ohio State University on Monday night, despite its Kovid-19 cases in Alabama as well as neighboring states.
In the video Moving on social media, A crowd of people – including many without masks – chanting victory songs for the Tuscalcosa Strip, an area known for its bars and nightlife, another national title for the Crimson Tide.
a video A man is shown climbing the exterior of the CVS pharmacy as other fans climb nearby trees to mark the occasion, calling for a protest from the University of Alabama to celebrate publicly.
Alabama football fans were remembering their 52–24 win after the players’ final touchdown in Miami, Florida.
Alabama public health guidelines mandate people to wear a mask within six feet of another person. There are a total of 404,000 Kovid-19 infections in the state in Alabama and 5,347 deaths have been reported as of Monday.
Marking the end of the college football season during the epidemic, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami was up last night with a capacity of 25 percent; Nearly 15,000 fans saw Alabama achieve its sixth win in the last 12 years.
With nearly 1.5 million reported Kovid-19 cases, Florida has been experiencing a rapid increase of infections in recent weeks. According to the Florida Department of Health, the state’s Kovid-19 cases are up 43 percent in the past two weeks, compared with 23,424 on Monday. In the past, Florida has struggled with its epidemic response, facing ICU bed shortages and reaching maximum capacity in hospitals.
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Leading the game, Tascalosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the celebration should be limited, warning Alabama in a video Tweeted Last Friday, “We cannot block parties this year. There will be a time and place to celebrate but this is not the time.”
Local police cars can be seen among the crowd in the video shared on Snapchat. Police did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to the reporting.
Sara Mhadley and Caroline Radnofsky has contributed.