Social distance rules don’t exist when your favorite team wins a championship.
Lightning fans took to Thunder Alley to celebrate Tampa Bay’s 4-2 Stanley Cup final victory over the Stars Monday night, and the boy celebrated.
Who can blame them? After a long odyssey of playoff failure to fight for that second, elusive Stanley Cup, Lightning fans can finally enjoy a bit of normalcy in Tampa.
Please note, however: No mask, no social repellent and no bottle of hand sanitizer in sight. While it’s possible to see fans celebrating, the whole reason the entire Stanley Cup playoffs were played in Edmonton and Toronto bubbles was to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. So it’s a bit funny to see fans rubbing against each other, deliberately ignoring social distancing guidelines while abandoning the use of masks.
It’s important to note that the City of Tampa requires people to wear masks, but only on the inside – so maybe the fans have a step here.
Homes in Florida have been steadily declining over the past month, which is a positive overall, with Hillsborough County being one of the least affected COVID-19 counties in the state. Who’s going to let a little pandemic go into celebration mode?
I love that NBC shows the Tampa Bay Lightning watch party thing without a bit of irony.
Like, the whole reason why this game is played in EDMONTON is because we don’t want people coming together to watch hockey. But a watch party? They’re like “CHECK THE FANS!”
– Eric Sylvester (@ esylvester6) September 29, 2020
Full video of the WFLA coverage of the Stanley Cup, in which you can find many more examples of this:
Edmonton fans were clearly a little more responsible.
At least they wore masks.