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Miami Winter Party Attendee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An estimated 5,500 people showed up to the weeklong festival.

Although major events like SXSW and Coachella were canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Miami Winter Party went on as scheduled March 4–10.

An estimated 5,500 people partied at the weeklong festival, and at least one of them has now tested positive for COVID-19.

"I am writing to let you know that on Saturday night (the 14th), I was informed that one of our Winter Party Festival (WPF) guests has tested positive for COVID-19 this last week," Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force—which produces the Winter Party—posted on the event's official Instagram.

“While we know there are many places people could have been exposed before and after Winter Party as this virus has developed, we wanted to make sure you have this information as soon as possible,” Carey continued.

According to NBC Miami, educational posters were placed throughout the venue "while 10,000 hand sanitizers were handed out to partygoers."

“Don’t go back to the dance floor all nasty. Who wants to ruin their vibe by getting sick?” read one of the posters. “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities (don’t make us list them here), is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.”

While letting partygoers know they might be at risk for developing COVID-19 is commendable, not everyone is impressed. Carey's Instagram post was littered with comments from angry readers who were appalled that the Task Force went ahead with the event amid an international public health crisis.

"Are you surprised? Other major events were getting canceled, so you had to have known that canceling the event was the best thing to do but decided to carry forward anyway," wrote one commenter. "Now you’ve put the very same communities you were founded to serve, in danger. Not a good look."

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Sunday that all local bars and clubs are to close nightly by 11pm to help curb the spread of the virus.

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