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Crowds and long lines of people gather for the Alabama national title game

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 6:40 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Crowds of University of Alabama students gathered outside bars several hours before the Alabama game kicked off Monday.

Some people wore masks, and a few people stood six feet apart to practice social distancing while standing in line.

“Everyone wants to go everywhere and watch the game. And every place is going to be packed so they’re just getting here early,” Victoria Wilson told WBRC.

Last week, Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox wanted Alabama fans in town to cheer on the Tide and act do the things necessary to stop coronavirus from spreading. One student explained why some may not have taken that message to heart.

“We’re college kids. Some people think they don’t have to follow the rules I guess and some people just don’t want to,” Carla Childs said.

The owner of the CopperTop believes business owners should do their part to enforce restrictions.

“The mayor asked us if Alabama does in fact win, if a lot of people come out and for everybody to be responsible. We’re definitely going to try to do our part,” Bradley Wyatt added.

Some fans are ready for the game and feel safe in this atmosphere.

“We all had our COVID test and we’re free,” Wilson continued.

Mayor Walt Maddox said Tuscaloosa Police, with assistance from UA campus police, would be monitoring where fans are gathering tonight. They’re enforcing the state mask ordinance, social distancing and making sure bars restaurants are at half capacity.

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