With most of the state recording the “Very High” COVID-19 cases, one Utah advocate is taking the spotlight by welcoming up to 10,000 people despite the spike in new cases over the past few weeks.
NBC News reported that Utah officials said the party was advertised as a “demonstration” against the COVID-19 restrictions, with a spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Spencer Cannon estimated the party between 3,000 and 10,000 attendees.
The ceremony was held at a venue called The Knolls on the West Bank of Lake Utah, opposite Provo. It was organized by Utah Tonight, an event planner. Police shut the party around 10 p.m. Halloween night when medical assistance was requested after a woman was beaten unconscious after the crowd surfed.
Event organizers announced the party on Instagram in late September, when new infections began increase. The post read “Living in fear is not living at all! Mark your calendar for October 31st. “
In the end, however, the organization appeared to have canceled the event on its Instagram page on October 27, saying the tickets would be refunded within 5 to 7 business days.
“We find both frustrating and concerned that some in our society have allowed fear to replace the fundamental rights of the council, giving individuals in the media and some public. the ability to control what we consider ‘the pursuit of happiness’, ”the statement read.
Despite this announcement, the party is said to be continuing.
The Office of Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) released a statement reiterating that COVID-19 is mainly spread through social gatherings and that the virus is “too real and scary for professionals. Medical professionals work overtime in our packing ICUs ”.
“We have to decide and show by our actions that the lives of the people around us are more important to us than the parties. Otherwise, we will have difficulty defeating COVID-19 as a society, ”the statement wrote.
Currently, Utah recorded a total of 119,375 COVID-19 cases over the course of the pandemic, showing a seven-day average of 1,726.1 cases, according to state health department data.
Hospital admissions are also on the rise, reaching a record high of 58 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 on October 28.
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