Daytona Beach motorcycle rally sparks COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ fears

Daytona Beach motorcycle rally sparks COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ fears


Thousands of motorcycle riders flocked to Daytona Beach, Florida, Thursday for a crowded four-day rally — ignoring city officials who warned it could become a coronavirus “superspreader” event, according to a report.

The annual Biketoberfest — which comes after a motorcycle festival in South Dakota was linked to more than 260,000 COVID-19 cases — is expected to draw up to 100,000 engine-revving revelers, Spectrum News reported.

“There are already bikes rolling into town, I am getting the feeling that it is still going to be a pretty busy weekend,” said Robert Burnetti, who owns a local hotel. “I think everybody’s intentions are good but, as we have proven, you can’t control people’s behavior.”

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The city of Daytona Beach last month voted to not allow any event permits at the festival, limiting tents, street vendors and live music stages, due to outbreak fears.

But under Florida’s relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, throngs of bikers can go to previously established businesses in the

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