University of Alabama sorority cancels 600-person party sanctioned by local government despite coronavirus shutdown

KATE FELDMAN, New York Daily News
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Hours before a University of Alabama sorority was set to host a massive outdoor party with 600 revelers, complete with a license approved by the City Council, the Greek organization pulled the plug.

Kappa Delta said the party would be done in shifts, 200 at a time, at the 14-acre farm, an organizer told The Daily Beast. Everyone who attended would have their temperature checked before getting on a chartered bus and was “expected” to wear a mask.

The Tuscaloosa City Council also voted 4-2 to approve a special events retail license for the massive party.

Alabama’s coronavirus protocols do not restrict outdoor gatherings, but mandate social distancing and mask usage.

But after the Daily Beast’s article, Kappa Delta canceled the event at the last minute.

“While we followed all local guidelines and protocols in getting the event approved by the University of Alabama Office of Student Involvement and the City Council, we made the decision to cancel it to protect the health and safety of our campus community, guests and our members," national communications manager Sarah Anderson told the outlet in a statement.

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced 2,638 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 223,486. Tuscaloosa County, where the University of Alabama is located, added 103 new cases.

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