Police in Tallahassee, Florida, said they broke up a massive party over the weekend, involving a gathering of more than 1,000 people near Florida State University, where more than 1,400 students have already tested positive for coronavirus, just a few weeks into the fall semester.
Tallahassee police said they received more than a dozen calls of large crowds gathering this weekend, including the one with over 1,000 people and more than 700 vehicles at an apartment complex near Florida State.
Police said they used a helicopter to help disperse the crowd, which grew so massive that travel lanes near the apartment complex were blocked.
Florida State is dealing with a significant coronavirus outbreak—more than 1,400 students have already tested positive for Covid-19, most of whom live off-campus.
Florida State also recently came under fire after large amounts of students gathered in close spaces, with almost none wearing masks, during the football team’s limited-attendance season opener on Sept. 12.
In response, the university said fans will be asked to leave games if they refuse to wear a mask, while enacting other, stricter guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Florida State community.
University president John Thrasher sent out a letter “issuing an urgent call to action” on Sept. 18, warning that “students who endanger the community with actions such as hosting or attending a large party or gathering will be subject to suspension.” “Moreover, from this point forward, for any student who tests positive and is ordered to isolate: Socializing outside of your residence, working out at the Leach