One New York dad isn’t taking any chances with the current spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Peter Levine of Nanuet, New York has refused to let his 21-year-old son back into their home after the college student traveled to South Padre Island, Texas to party it up for spring break.
Mr. Levine told the New York Post that he tried to get his 21-year-old son Matt to return from vacation early before the outbreak got bad.
Via NY Post
Two weeks ago, Matt Levine’s immediate concerns centered on where to find the best happy hour and coolest DJ. Now, he just wants his coronavirus-panicked dad to let him back in the house.
While residents in his hometown of Nanuet, NY, were hunkering down to avoid corona, 21-year-old Matt and his friends from Springfield College in Massachusetts hit up spring break in South Padre Island, Texas — and stayed there against the advice of his father, Peter Levine.
“I spoke with him every day and told him that maybe they should come home,” Peter, 52, and a salesman, told The Post. “I was aggravated. The news here was getting worse and worse. Matt sent me pictures of him and his friends congregating outdoors and listening to live music. It’s the scene you would not want to be in.”
Eventually, Matt tried to come home last week but his father wasn’t having it. Peter left his son $300, filled his car with groceries and told him he had to leave.
Once they arrived, Dad met them at the door, and blocked them from coming in.
“I had filled the trunk of Matt’s car with groceries and left him an envelope containing $300 in cash,” Peter said. “All the guys’ keys were on the front seat. They got out of the car [from the airport] near our driveway and I said, ‘Stay right there! Do not go any further!’ The guys were tired and they had a two-and-a-half hour drive ahead of them. I love my son, but they were not sleeping here. I said, ‘If any of you have to pee, we have some bushes.’ Two of them took me up on it.”
Matt was actually planning on moving back home during the summer but his dad doesn’t think that’s a good idea.
As is the case at most American colleges, Springfield has canceled its in-person classes and closed the campus. But Matt — who had planned to move back to Nanuet after the semester — will have to stay with roommates in their off-campus house a while longer.
“Their lease ends in June and none of the parents want them home,” said Peter. “It’s too risky.