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Viral videos show returning college students partying without masks

Viral videos show returning college students partying without masks
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Local officials have condemned viral videos of returning students attending parties without masks or physical distancing on university campuses around the country

The videos were taking at such colleges as Oklahoma State and the University of North Georgia.

 

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Auburn University wide receiver Anthony Schwartz tweeted Saturday that he had seen several crowds of maskless people on campus, while University of Alabama Center Chris Owens tweeted about similar scenes.

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University officials have warned that lack of precautions could scuttle any chance of college football being played in the fall, The Washington Post reported.

Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mayor Walt Maddox (D) tweeted a photo of largely unmasked University of Alabama students gathered outside restaurants downtown, saying public officials were “desperately trying to protect” the city.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, meanwhile, at least four viral clusters have sprung up since in-person classes resumed, and at Oklahoma State University, nearly two dozen cases have been confirmed in a single sorority house.

In Stillwater, Okla., where the Oklahoma State outbreak has led to dozens of students being quarantined, student journalists shot footage of crowded downtown clubs over the weekend, the Post noted.

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“Every single person in Stillwater has a responsibility to help,” Mayor Will Joyce tweeted. “Take every precaution you can to slow the spread. Wear your mask, avoid crowded areas, wash your hands, be a good neighbor.”

There is no standardized plan for fall classes, but many large campuses have resumed in-person instruction, a plan that relies heavily on students taking precautions.