Diplo. 50 Cent. Steve Aoki. A pool. It’d be an awesome party, were it not indoors amid a pandemic.
According to TMZ, however, that was the lineup for a pre-Super Bowl bash on Saturday night, as 2,000 people flocked to Tampa’s waterfront Godfrey Hotel before the big game. It was just one of a spate of packed pre-game festivities during Super Bowl weekend, as partygoers defied CDC guidelines against gathering en masse, even as more contagious variants of the are sweeping through the country.
While the Godfrey event’s organizers—Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports, along with a Miami nightclub—said that “social distancing procedures will be strictly enforced, face masks will be required for all staff & guests,” according to TMZ, many of the attendees were indeed maskless.