In light of the start of fall quarter at UC Santa Barbara, the Nexus followed up on previous reporting that documented maskless parties and large gatherings in Isla Vista at the end of August.
On Friday, Oct. 9, about 500 people, many of whom travelled together in large groups without masks, were seen on the streets of Del Playa Drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. Some parties spilled into the street, while others took place out of sight behind fenced-off properties.
The presence of law enforcement was minimal.
Large gatherings — and not wearing a mask while around large groups — are currently prohibited by Santa Barbara County, according to Health Officer Order No. 2020-12.5 and Health Officer Order No. 2020-10, respectively.