Shortly after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl, followers took to the streets of Tampa to rejoice, and few, it appeared from movies of the crowds, had been carrying masks, cementing issues that the occasion would assist unfold the coronavirus.
In Ybor Metropolis, part of Tampa identified for its nightlife, a sea of individuals partied late into the night time. It was not instantly clear whether or not any efforts had been made to disperse the group. A tv reporter characterised the scene as “one huge dance ground.”
The scene of 1000’s of followers tightly packed into town’s streets and outdoors Raymond James Stadium represented an alternate universe from the regular warnings by the nation’s prime well being officers in regards to the dangers of the Tremendous Bowl turning into a brilliant spreader occasion. It additionally got here amid rising issues that coronavirus variants have turn out to be extra transmissible.
Contained in the stadium, the house discipline of the Buccaneers that usually holds about 66,000 folks, capability had been restricted to 22,000 spectators. The empty seats had been full of cardboard cutouts of followers who couldn’t attend the sport however paid $100 to have their pictures current.
Exterior the stadium, there seemed to be far much less of an emphasis on social distancing and carrying masks. Maskless followers in jerseys tailgated, waving Buccaneers flags and listening to music.
After the sport, which Tampa received 31-9 over the Chiefs, final 12 months’s champions, a bunch of followers surrounded a Kansas Metropolis group bus. Many individuals in that crowd didn’t seem to carrying masks. Officers on bikes cleared the group for the bus to be on its means.