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In Tampa, Super Bowl celebrations bring superspreader concerns


February 9, 2021

Octavio Jones, Tampa Bay Times

Buccaneers fans celebrate during Super Bowl 55 near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday.

The streets of Tampa, Florida, teemed with boozy revelers into the wee hours of Monday, many of them ignoring pleas from medical experts to socially distance and wear masks, after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's Super Bowl. A few scrums broke out.

In one of the more bizarre episodes, a man in a red T-shirt and shorts climbed a small tree in the city's South Howard district, known as SoHo, and rocked back-and-forth as hundreds of people egged him on, a video captured by Juan Carlos Chavez, a reporter for The Tampa Bay Times, showed.

The man later appeared to be taken into custody by police after people in the crowd started shoving one another, a subsequent video by Chavez showed. At least one police officer appeared to get knocked to the ground.


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