WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- St. Petersburg, Florida’s COVID-19 protocol is to wear masks or facial covering in any indoor location.
- Rapper 50 Cent performed at a Super Bowl celebration party where the crowd did not wear masks.
- Mayor Rick Kriseman threatened to fine 50 Cent over his ‘stupid’ party.
Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman issued an executive order requiring all residents to wear masks or facial coverings in any indoor location— room, space, common area in St. Petersburg, back in June.
But with the Super Bowl weekend, photos and reports show that rapper 50 Cent on Friday night performed to a huge crowd without masks at a Super Bowl LV party in a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport.
Mayor Kriseman slammed the rapper for violating COVID-19 protocols.
Kriseman said on Twitter: “This isn’t how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It’s not safe or smart. It’s stupid. We’re going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cent[s].”
A Mayor’s office spokesperson said that investigation is underway and additional information will be available next week.
There is still no response from 50 Cent’s representative.
According to TMZ masks were required at the event and should be in limited capacity but the photos showed otherwise.
There were other artists who performed at the celebrations despite the warnings: Steve Aoki, Diplo, French Montana and Migos.
Because of the pandemic, health and government officials have already issued a reminder to refrain from Super Bowl celebrations as these are potential “mini super spreaders”, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fauci said, “Enjoy the Super Bowl, but don’t do it with a large crowd of people in your house in a place when it’s cold and you don’t have good ventilation.” He added that events such as these, even in your own house, is a perfect setup for a mini super spreader. “Don’t do that for now. There will be other Super Bowls,” he advised.
The CDC even issued ideas for “safer ways to enjoy the Super Bowl” like virtual events with favorite team color decors while having appetizers and snacks. People can also text chat while watching the Superbowl.
There will be fans watching the games in-person at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in spite of the CDC warning. But it is limited to only 33% of the stadium’s capacity. Seven thousand five hundred of which are vaccinated health care workers.