Bridgeville ‘rodeo’ party under investigation

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State officials confirmed that an investigation is underway into a Labor Day weekend “rodeo” party in the Bridgeville area.

WDEL reported the event was described as a rodeo.Based on information on its Facebook page, the event attracts members of the area’s large Hispanic community.

The party was reportedly attended by hundreds if not thousands of people, many not wearing masks.


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Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the division is working with the Department of Justice on enforcement options.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, both Rattay and Gov. John Carney confirmed that they reviewed photos of the event. Both said they were appalled at what they saw.

Bridgeview was near the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak last spring that was linked to the poultry industry and its large Hispanic and Haitian workforce.

Carney said the party had the potential of becoming a Covid-19 super spreader event.

Such parties have been reported throughout the nation and lead to stern warnings from public health officials leading into the Labor Day weekend.

Large gatherings are not banned in Delaware but are subject to prior approval, with restrictions that include masks and social distancing.

Rattay and Carney said the Bridgeville event was illegal. Stepped up testing will take place in the Bridgeville area this week, with Carney and Rattay advising those attending the party to get a Covid-19 test.

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