8:02 AM PT – 11/18 Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox tells TMZ … he had ZERO participation in the city council that approved the liquor license after informing city council members, his daughter is a member of the sorority who was seeking the license to drink. He also said that the sorority party itself was reviewed and approved by the University of Alabama… adding that the city itself does not have legal authority to approve parties.
Maddox added: "The Board reluctantly approved the 4-2 license. Frankly, I understand your frustrations, I felt it too. In large part, the approval was granted because there was no legal reason to deny the application. . [By the way] I think it was unfair that the City Council was placed in this position, especially since the City has been active in the fight against COVID-19 ".
5:44 AM PT – 11/18 The Kappa Delta sorority canceled the evening at 11 am. The sorority president reportedly said the event was rejected out of concerns about "the health and safety of the campus community, guests, and our members."
The cancellation occurs one week after the city council approved a liquor license for the event. It's interesting… Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox's daughter is a member of the sorority.
Forget your mashed potato side … this Thanksgiving holiday may come with a COVID-19 side after a University of Alabama sorority got the go-ahead to launch a big party full of alcohol before going on vacation.
The Kappa Delta sorority in Tuscaloosa is preparing to unleash the rage Tuesday night at 14-acre Black Warrior Farms in large part thanks to the city giving the event a stamp of approval from 4-2 last week.
The party coordinator rationalized it this way: the 600 guests will NOT arrive all at once and instead will be transported in 3 shifts… each shift includes 200 guests. Everyone will have their temperatures taken before boarding the rented buses and all attendees, not required, are expected to wear masks at the outdoor party. Yes, good luck with that.
The school also reportedly required the brotherhood to include a 30-minute break between the arrival / departure of each group and to sanitize tables and chairs on site. They must also limit bus travel capacity to 50 percent. Therefore, several buses will be needed.
But even though the event is doing its part to implement security protocols… the party – and city council approval – is under attack by locals, medical workers and university employees after 76 new nightly cases.
According to local reports… there has been a recent increase in Tuscaloosa County, where there are 11,886 confirmed cases and nearly 150 deaths. Worse yet… these students are expected to travel home during the holidays and could potentially spread the virus across the country.
Originally Posted – 11/17 4:00 PM PT