“Many were seen gathered in groups larger than five and not wearing cloth face coverings”
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WPRI News reports:
Providence College officials apologize following large student gathering Saturday
Providence College officials have issued an apology to the community after students poured out of off-campus housing and flouted coronavirus-related social distancing mandates this weekend.
Video shared on social media captured throngs of students lining Eaton Street in Providence on Saturday. Many were seen gathered in groups larger than five and not wearing cloth face coverings, defying two of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s executive orders.
Steven Maurano, a spokesperson for Providence College, said the gathering was the result of a parent-organized parade meant to be a congratulatory send-off to seniors living in the neighborhood. The college’s actual commencement ceremony has been postponed to October 31, but students will get their degrees on Sunday.
“A parent called the college earlier this week to ask about organizing the parade and we told her that the college could not be involved in the parade nor could we sanction it,” Maurano told WPRI 12 in an email. “We asked her to contact Providence Police if this was something parents wanted to do.”
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré said they have officers assigned to PC who have been trying to break up large gatherings over the past week.
“We did go and break some of them up,” Pare said in an interview Saturday evening. “It’s been a constant challenge.”
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