Shocking video from crowded #ChicagoHouseparty streamed on Facebook causes outrage over violating #socialdistancing rules! [Vid]

Social distancing aside..this party looks LIT!

A video has been making the rounds showing an OVERCROWDED houseparty in Chicago where most are not wearing masks and definitely not practicing social distancing!

The original video was uploaded by FACEBOOK user Tink Purcell!

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CHICAGO – Video of a house party Saturday night on reportedly on the West Side has gone viral and caused concern among residents. The video, uploaded by Tink Purcell, has reached over 50,000 shares in less than a day. Chicago police could not confirm the location of the party, but many residents have told WGN it took place somewhere on the West Side. On Saturday afternoon, CPD did issue the following statement. “We are aware of a video circulating on social media depicting a large house party inside of an alleged Chicago residence. While we cannot authenticate the nature or location of the gathering, we want to remind everyone of the social distancing requirements in place. CPD will disperse crowds in violation of social distancing requirements, and if necessary, issue citations or as a last resort, enforce via arrest.” #rp @wgntv #chicago #covid19spreaders #stayhome #socialdistancing #stayhomestaysafe #stayhomesavelives #essentialworkers #thehoodreporter

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Despite a statewide stay-at-home order, Chicago police had to break up several rowdy house parties over the weekend. Video of one particular party, with people standing shoulder-to-shoulder, caught officials’ attention.

Police tweeted Sunday that they were aware of the video but could not confirm where the party was.

On Friday night, officers broke up a similarly packed party in the South Loop after a resident said a fight left a hallway wall in the building stained with blood.

With those incidents in mind, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker reminded the public about the importance of the statewide stay-at-home order and social distancing at a news conference Sunday. He said all it takes is one possibly asymptomatic spreader of COVID-19 to sicken many others, who could then spread it to their loved ones.

People, take this seriously! People are dying.

*UPDATE*

Chicago police have issued citations to the owner of a townhome where a large house party was held over the weekend.

Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford and Chicago police confirmed the citations to NBC 5 on Monday afternoon.

The party was the subject of a now-viral video that showed dozens of people crammed into the West Side residence, a violation of the state’s “stay-at-home” order currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicago police say that officers were dispatched to the residence just after midnight Sunday morning. Approximately 50 individuals were dispersed from the residence, according to police.

The homeowner’s son apparently deactivated the home’s video doorbell, so that his mother wouldn’t get notified of the increased activity at the house.

The homeowner was issued a notice of violation for disorderly conduct, a police spokesperson confirmed.

“It’s unfortunate but, you know, it’s still her property and she’s still responsible. She’s an EMT and did not know that her son was hosting this party,” 36th Ward Ald. Gilbert Villegas said.

Ford says the homeowner had no idea that her children held the party in honor of someone who had recently been killed.

Ford says that approximately 150 people were in attendance at the party.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted the partygoers, saying that their reckless behavior in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was “distressing.”

“They put themselves at risk, but not only that, every single person there who put themselves at risk puts the next person and the next person that they come into contact with at risk,” she said. “That’s why, for me, that scene is so distressing.”

Ford disagreed with the decision to issue citations, and hopes that no further punishment will be handed out.

“The young people should get tested and learn from that mistake that they made,” he said.

Chicago police have advised the Chicago Department of Public Health about the incident, and the department plans to follow up on the incident to “ensure any health risks that could have arisen from this party are monitored and mitigated,” according to a statement.

Those measures do not include testing party-goers, but they could still be tested if they begin showing symptoms of the virus.

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