Apparently, some car enthusiasts in the US didn’t get the memo that the world is in the middle of a pandemic.
A few days ago, a small car show in California erupted into chaos after thousands of people showed up. To make matters worse, the venue was a parking garage right across a university hospital and participants were reportedly out on the street and obstructing the path of emergency personnel.
According to a video report by CBS Los Angeles, the meet was organized by a youth organization in Loma Linda University, and only 10 to 20 cars were expected to participate. Unfortunately, the event’s flyer went viral online and what was supposed to be a small meetup turned into a major violation of the state’s anti-mass gathering regulations.
“We have worked tirelessly with our partners in healthcare and government to maintain care and wisdom during this pandemic,” the Londa Linda University Church, which helped organize the event, said in a statement. “We failed to anticipate that the event would grow so far beyond what we had planned.”
Footage recorded at the event show thousands of people who appear to be in their 20s packed tightly even outside the parking garage itself. Most of the violators were wearing masks, but the situation was clearly far from ideal regardless of the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
This is definitely a bad look. We can only wonder what the healthcare workers risking their lives inside the nearby hospital were thinking as this was going on. We hope no one was infected by COVID-19 at the event. Unfortunately, the sheer number of people who attended might make this an unlikely scenario.
Remember guys, car meets can wait. If you’re going around setting up gatherings thinking the world is in the clear, you need to take a long look at the mirror and reconsider your priorities. Drive safe out there.