Brockton officials are taking action and are giving a warning after saying a sporting event in a city park over the weekend turned into a mass celebration.
The event at a playground on Ash Street was allowed by the city for 30 people, but officials say more than 300 showed up.
Attendees say it started out as a football event, but a bigger volleyball tournament took over quickly and that’s when the park was filled with people.
“Everyone was close to each other and it was not enough distance as the recommendation of 6 meters,” said participant Alfonso Cruz.
Neighbors said it was unlikely anyone was a social dissident and they were drinking heavily, which is causing Brockton mayor to talk about rallies he says are unacceptable.
“I have asked Brockton police to destroy these, no doubt,”; said Mayor Robert Sullivan. “We have not gone far enough to issue fines yet, and I say yet because I will not hesitate to do so, but we are not a wealthy community.”
Brockton schools are already starting full distance now that the city is in the yellow category of “moderate risk” for coronavirus cases. Sullivan said that if these meetings continue to take place, the city could quickly turn red.
“It ‘s disturbing. It’ s frustrating and it ‘s very scary honestly,” Sullivan said.
After what happened over the weekend, the city of Brockton has stopped issuing permits for events. The mayor said they could also restore the pandemic state if people do not start enforcing the rules.
The woman who snatched the image and shared it on social media said she was so stunningly reckless she could not believe what she was seeing Saturday night at Boston Harbor.