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Tampa mayor addresses maskless fans after Super Bowl

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 18:36:19-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the mayor's order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties.

Videos went viral on social media, showing throngs of mostly maskless fans and packed sports bars as the clock inside Raymond James Stadium ticked down on a hometown Super Bowl win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Inside the stadium, the NFL had capped Sunday night's crowd at less than a third of capacity.

But outside, few fans seemed to care about the coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing was abandoned in the streets and sports bars as fans celebrated their team's 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Many ignored the executive order signed by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor requiring face coverings at Super Bowl festivities.