Before Alabama’s big game on Monday night, university officials urged fans to practice mask-wearing and social distancing while out on the street.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox went on to release a video to try to convince fans to stay home if the team won the national championship.
There will be a time and place to celebrate, but this is not the time.”
“Particularly in our downtown Strip area and other places of entertainment activity throughout our city it’s important to remember this — we can’t have block parties this year,
Alabama went on to crush Ohio State and things got pretty wild in Tuscaloosa as thousands of fans took to the streets to celebrate.
There is a significant police presence, but they are allowing the celebration on the Strip. And more fans – some masked, many not – continue to pour into the street pic.twitter.com/9VANn0gCLj
— Ben Flanagan (@ThisBenFlanagan) January 12, 2021
Alabama Crimson Tide fans flood the streets of Tuscaloosa after the team secured its 18th national title. pic.twitter.com/k9UCH8BC4m
— James Benedetto (@james_benedetto) January 12, 2021
SVP reacts to the scene in Tuscaloosa after Alabama wins the national championship. pic.twitter.com/27mUo4gEr9
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) January 12, 2021
Of course, people on the Internet were furious at the images of thousands of fans celebrating close together during a pandemic.
you can almost see the mutations happening live https://t.co/yHKQJhczaE
— FEMA traits (@chiweethedog) January 12, 2021
You all won a championship & now COVID you absolute morons https://t.co/ncPsIiMwDQ
— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) January 12, 2021
Congrats to coronavirus for its victory on the streets of Tuscaloosa tonight. https://t.co/CcztLe8v22
— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) January 12, 2021
I guess the real winner tonight was Covid transmissions. https://t.co/GqyIT3AfBg
— Oracle Park Seagull (@OracleSeagull) January 12, 2021
Two weeks from now:
Cases are way up
tHe lOcKdOwNs aReNt wOrKiNg https://t.co/BuDid8UwcV
— Carmichael Dave 🇺🇸 (@CarmichaelDave) January 12, 2021