Kentucky will kick off its season on the road against Auburn in just 34 days. At least, that’s the plan as of right now. We’ve seen how fast things change in 2020.
The Auburn community flooded the bars around campus on Saturday night. Students were photographed standing shoulder to shoulder; there are few masks in sight and no sign of social distancing. Current Alabama law says all bars must stop serving alcohol at 11:00 pm, but the students at Auburn made sure to all get their drinks before the deadline.
Here was the scene on the first weekend after students got back to campus:
Scenes from Auburn tonight: pic.twitter.com/i8XW5CC0gx
— Giana Han (@giana_jade) August 23, 2020
Auburn reported 41 COVID-19 cases for the week of August 8-14 and has reported 338 since March. The city is still under Governor Kay Ivey’s statewide mask mandate that requires face coverings when in public and in close contact with other people. The area’s local media covered the scene this weekend, and AL.com had this to say:
“Throughout the week, bar patrons could be seen out of their seats and mingling without masks in Southeastern, Skybar, 1716 and Moe’s Original BBQ. On Saturday, the numbers in Southeastern and Skybar rose to the hundreds, and police officers showed up at each bar, hitting Southeastern around 10:30 p.m. and Skybar around 10:45 p.m. An AL.com reporter saw the police handing the manager of Southeastern and the owner of Skybar papers from their clipboards, but they did not respond to requests for comment.”
The university responded to the reports in a press release Sunday, saying it will “investigate to determine next steps.”
“Auburn’s Code of Student Conduct pertains to students on campus and situationally off campus. The code speaks to the utmost importance of the health, safety and welfare of students and can be applied to a student’s or organization’s behavior involving health and safety wherever it occurs. The code notes that students should alert appropriate officials of any substantial information that a student’s or student organization’s presence on campus is potentially dangerous to the health of the university community. Auburn also employs the use of a Healthcheck screener that students are required to use daily to register whether they have any symptoms and receive approval for attending campus.”
A little over a week ago, Auburn players took to Twitter to air their grievances about their fellow students having total disregard for COVID-19. Those concerns were brought back up this weekend after videos of the local bar scene began to surface.
Auburn football players Anthony Schwartz and Kameron Stutts commenting on what campus/downtown look like now that the entire student body is back. Classes and fall camp both start on Monday. pic.twitter.com/prQbgfURaf
— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) August 15, 2020
Man what the hell are y’all doing????? https://t.co/dPUz5UHi2a
— Anthony Schwartz (@TheFlash) August 23, 2020
Are Auburn fans scared of playing Kentucky? Do they want the season to be canceled? Will there even be a season? Is it possible to do remote learning and have the players on campus? The universities had to have known this would happen, right?
These are just a few of the questions that remain unanswered for now, but if the Auburn bars are any indication, colleges may not be able to continue in-person classes for too much longer.
Go Cats and wear a mask.