NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police stored an eye fixed on Washington Square Park on Saturday evening after large crowds gathered there Friday.
People partied for the second weekend in a row, and lots of appeared unconcerned about spreading the coronavirus.
An evening of dancing, partying and having non-socially distanced enjoyable at Washington Square Park was delivered to an finish by police simply after midnight Saturday morning.
Video reveals a patrol officer saying, “The time is now 1:35 a.m. Washington Square Park is now closed. Make your way to an exit.”
But lower than 24 hours after the barricades have been positioned, the same gathering reappeared.
Larissa Vassallo advised CBS2’s Cory James the gathering was not a celebration however a celebratory Black Lives Matter protest.
“Rejoicing is a part of protest as well,” she mentioned. “We start oftentimes early, early in the morning, and then we come here to enjoy each other and love each other.”
Last Sunday, CBS2 reported on one other gathering at Washington Square Park the place face coverings weren’t worn whereas folks of all ages bounced collectively to the beat of music.
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Nearby NYU says it’s conscious of what’s occurring within the park and, although it’s off-campus, they’ve despatched warnings out to college students about non-socially distant gatherings.
So far, the college says it has suspended greater than 30 college students for disobeying social distancing guidelines.
“People are obviously starved for entertainment,” one man mentioned.
NYU is stepping in to help by sending “public health ambassadors” exterior the park entrances handy out masks.
Some college students help that and the disciplinary actions college officers are taking.
“I think people are a lot more cautious,” NYU freshman Haddar Kaplum mentioned.
“We did sign a contract, coming back to school, saying if we broke the rules, we’d get suspended and not get our tuition back. I think it’s fair,” NYU freshman Megan Trout mentioned.
NYPD officers have been additionally current Saturday together with park enforcement patrol officers, each teams monitoring the group from afar whereas folks close by watched the joy unfold.
“It does not seem scary. When I first got here, I felt a little tense, but right away, I realized it was quite peaceful and I feel totally relaxed,” Queens resident Joan Delisio mentioned.
CBS2 reached out to the governor and mayor concerning the massive gatherings, however thus far, we’ve got not gotten a response.
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