Amid growing concerns from community members and university officials about the spread of COVID-19 in Isla Vista, the Nexus sought out to document the current state of partying during an average weekend in quarantine.

Over 300 unmasked people — mostly in large groups — were seen on the streets of Del Playa Drive, Sabado Tarde Road and Trigo Road between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. on the evenings of Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29. 

Officers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office patrolled the streets both nights and promptly ended a party on Del Playa Drive on Saturday, sending a mostly maskless crowd of nearly 100 into the street. Large gatherings — and not wearing a mask while attending one — are currently prohibited by Santa Barbara County, according to Health Officer Order 2020-12.5 and Health Officer Order 2020-10, respectively.

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Max Abrams
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