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*A video showing well over 100 Pensacola residents gathered in close proximity on Easter Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic has gone viral.
The video was recorded on a Pensacola man’s cellphone in the Attucks Court housing project, where an apparent block party took place. According to USA TODAY, a Pensacola Police Department rep said Police Chief Tommi Lyterand several other officers were on the scene and were encouraging the groups to disperse and practice social distancing, and that it took two hours to break up the gathering.
While the officers are seen in the video wearing masks, very few of the residents in the video were wearing them. The PPD is not instructed to write citations or make arrests in situations like these, the department stated. The protocol, as of now, is to do what officers did Sunday, which is to encourage people to separate while educating them in the process.