Hundreds of raucous party-goers crammed right into a pool space close to the College of South Carolina over the weekend in violation of coronavirus guidelines, authorities mentioned.
The Columbia Hearth Division mentioned it broke up the massive bash round 6 p.m. Saturday after receiving calls from involved neighbors, The State reported.
“It was nearly like Mardi Gras,” Hearth Chief Aubrey Jenkins advised the newspaper.
The pool at The Flats at Palmetto Compress was filled with revelers, who additionally crowded the aspect of the swimming space and even stood on prime of the pool home, the hearth chief mentioned.
Nobody was training social distancing or sporting a masks, Jenkins mentioned, “however there was heaps of ingesting occurring.”
Even with out the raging pandemic, “there nonetheless would have been too many individuals within the pool,” Jenkins mentioned.
When officers ordered the party-goers to scram, the chief mentioned, he was shocked that one individual advised him, “I can’t catch COVID. I’m resistant to the stuff.”
The pool space at the condominium complicated — which advertises as being “simply steps from the College of South Carolina” — was shuttered till hearth officers can confirm its capability.
Jenkins mentioned he would suggest preserving the pool shut for the foreseeable future as a security precaution in the course of the virus outbreak.
The revelers have been let off with a warning, and no fines have been issued. Not sporting a masks is a civil infraction punishable by a wonderful of as much as $25 within the metropolis of Columbia.
USC mentioned it was glad that authorities had busted the pool party.
“We’ve accomplished lots of outreach to attempt to get the students to do the appropriate factor,” spokesman Jeff Stensland advised the newspaper. “Simply because a pool is there, you don’t should swim in it.”
Within the week since USC’s fall semester began on Aug. 20, at least 620 students have examined optimistic for COVID-19, the college mentioned.
Six sorority homes within the faculty’s Greek Village have been quarantined after a number of folks in every home have been contaminated with the virus, based on The State.