CBC: Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face jail time, thousands in fines

CBC: Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face jail time, thousands in fines. “A group of Quebec influencers and reality show stars could be facing thousands of dollars in fines, after videos surfaced showing them partying without masks on board a Sunwing flight from Montreal to Cancun. Images from the Dec. 30 flight showed passengers ignoring public health measures, jumping and dancing in the aisle, vaping and openly passing around a bottle of hard liquor on the plane. In one video, a person could be seen crowd-surfing while the plane was in the air.”

AP: Pastor tells congregation to catch virus, ‘get it over with’

AP: Pastor tells congregation to catch virus, ‘get it over with’. “The senior pastor of a church in western Michigan has encouraged his congregation to catch the coronavirus to ‘get it over with’ and calling it ‘all good.’ Bart Spencer made the statements during a Nov. 14 sermon at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, The Holland Sentinel reported. ‘COVID, it’s all good,’ Spencer said. ‘It’s OK. Get it, get it over with, press on.’”

New York Times: Why Influencers Won’t Stop Partying Anytime Soon

New York Times: Why Influencers Won’t Stop Partying Anytime Soon. “California, where coronavirus cases remained low in the first few months of the pandemic, has experienced a summer outbreak. Last week it became the first state to report half a million cases, according to a database maintained by The New York Times, and the infection rate has been especially high in Los Angeles County. Still, many of its young residents keep partying.”

Mountain Journal: How Social Media And Bad Behavior Are Leaving Wild Places Trashed

Mountain Journal: How Social Media And Bad Behavior Are Leaving Wild Places Trashed. “In this region we call Greater Yellowstone, we are blessed with an uncommon treasure, vast tracts of untrammeled wild country of the sort most people only read about in history books. Here we can climb a ridge and behold horizons filled with great wide spaces, a wind that seems powered by the divine, and mountains, uncivilized and unspoiled. No wonder those from elsewhere want to come here. There will continue to be more residents and visitors, Covid and other disasters notwithstanding. Instead of Instagramming secret places out of existence, what if we used our phone to snap photos of piles of trash, before and after we spent a little time to clean up?”

People: 60 People Exposed to Coronavirus at Cape Cod House Party

People: 60 People Exposed to Coronavirus at Cape Cod House Party. “At least nine people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after attending a 60-person house party on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, earlier this month. Dr. Robert Duncanson, Director of Chatham’s Department of Public Health, said on Tuesday that social distancing and mask usage were not enforced at the party, CBS Boston and Mass Live reported.”

Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials (ABC News)

ABC News: Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials. “Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing ‘COVID parties’ as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. She said she recently learned of the behavior and informed the city council of the parties occurring in the city.”

Vanilla Ice throwing Fourth of July concert: ‘We didn’t have coronavirus’ in the ’90s (Entertainment Weekly)

Entertainment Weekly: Vanilla Ice throwing Fourth of July concert: ‘We didn’t have coronavirus’ in the ’90s. “The concert is titled the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party and it’s happening due to a legal loophole, the Austin Chronicle pointed out. The venue — Emerald Point Bar & Grill, located on the shores of Lake Travis — is technically a restaurant, even though it also has a large capacity outdoor general admission concert space. So fans don’t have to collaborate with or listen to current recommended coronavirus guidelines that seek to eliminate large crowds.”

Washington Post: The virus didn’t stop a Washington socialite from throwing a backyard soiree. Then the tests came back positive.

Washington Post: The virus didn’t stop a Washington socialite from throwing a backyard soiree. Then the tests came back positive.. “Ashley Taylor Bronczek, one of Washington’s social stars, decided to throw a party after the Washington Ballet’s online fundraiser, which she co-chaired. The June 18 gala was a huge success, raising more than $800,000 — the top sponsors were her generous in-laws, David and Judy Bronczek. To celebrate the occasion, she hosted a catered dinner for a couple dozen friends in the backyard of her Spring Valley home. It was, by all accounts, a picture-perfect night chronicled on (per usual) her Instagram account. Then Bronczek, 37, was diagnosed with covid-19, along with a few other guests at the event. The news spread quickly through the wealthy young families in her social circle because their small children play together. Friends begged her to take down photos of the party, which she […]

‘It’s irresponsible’: Washington state warns against ‘coronavirus parties’ (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘It’s irresponsible’: Washington state warns against ‘coronavirus parties’. “Washington health officials have warned residents against holding so-called ‘coronavirus parties’ after receiving reports that non-infected guests were socialising with those who have tested positive for the virus, ostensibly in hopes of speeding up the process of catching and overcoming it.”

‘What are we doing this for?’: Doctors are fed up with conspiracies ravaging ERs (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘What are we doing this for?’: Doctors are fed up with conspiracies ravaging ERs. “At the end of another long shift treating coronavirus patients, Dr. Hadi Halazun opened his Facebook page to find a man insisting to him that “no one’s dying” and that the coronavirus is “fake news” drummed up by the news media. Hadi tried to engage and explain his firsthand experience with the virus. In reply, another user insinuated that he wasn’t a real doctor, saying pictures from his profile showing him at concerts and music festivals proved it.”