Alabama college football fans partied like the pandemic didn’t exist — now officials fear another surge.

Around 5,000 football followers loaded a prominent blvd in Tuscaloosa after the College of Alabama won its 18th university football championship game on Monday evening, neglecting the city’s appeals prior to the video game to stay at home and also irritating fret about an increase of coronavirus situations in a city currently stressing to include the pandemic.

The scene on the road of bars and also dining establishments called the Strip was exactly what wellness authorities intended to prevent after the Crimson Trend directed Ohio State, 52-24. Followers, several not putting on masks, can be seen running across each other, throwing beer containers and also reveling as if the pandemic did not exist.

Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa stated 14 individuals were apprehended after battles burst out in the group.

The city got to a crucial point in the pandemic, Maddox stated recently, with simply 4 critical care unit areas offered at the city’s major medical facility and also a police restricted to concerning 69 percent due to the variety of policemans that had either acquired or been subjected to the infection.

The city had actually prompted followers to not develop a “block celebration setting” if Alabama won. Instances in Alabama had actually currently boosted 30 percent over the previous week contrasted to 2 weeks back, according to a New york city Times data source.

Currently, wellness authorities are getting ready for a post-championship spike.

“A rise in addition to a rise, like a lot of areas in the nation, can have terrible effects,” Maddox stated.