Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Daytona motorcycle rally on despite virus

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. » Despite the coronaviru­s pandemic, Daytona Beach’s annual Bike Week has brought tens of thousands of motorcycli­sts to the city and its neighbors this weekend — and few of them are wearing masks.

The city made a bargain with its bars — 60% capacity indoors in return for the permits necessary for temporary outdoor sales and entertainm­ent. The city is trying to avoid what happened at the Sturgis, South Dakota, motorcycle rally in August — that event led to a disputed number of infections around the country, ranging from several hundred to tens or hundreds of thousands.

“I’m grateful to be open for Bike Week, grateful that the city allowed the vendors and the full Bike Week thing,” said Bobby Honeycutt, owner of Froggy’s Saloon,said as the 10-day event began Friday. The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, estimates 300,000 to 400,000 motorcycli­sts will attend.

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