Some of the attendees of the Bitcoin 2021 conference that took place in Miami a week back have tested positive for COVID-19.
Somewhat expectedly, traditional media was quick to outline the lack of responsibility on behalf of both organizers and attendees.
Positive COVID Tests Following Miami Conference
Bitcoin 2021, which turned out to be the biggest event centered around the primary cryptocurrency to ever be organized, took place in Miami at the beginning of June. It saw thousands of people attending and it was the first one to be organized live following the COVID pandemic.
The virus, however, is not gone, and it appears that plenty of people have tested positive for it once they got back from the event.
It’s worth noting that there was no mask mandate or a proof-of-vaccination requirement for people to be present.
CryptoPotato spoke to one person who attended Bitcoin 2021, who said:
Barely a few people wore masks during the conference. The hall was fully populated, as well as the satellite events across the city. I felt like I went back in time and there was never COVID.
He told us that people didn’t seem worried about the virus at all.
Pool partes, clubs fully occupied, and as far as I asked – many people came there without being vaccinated. Some even told me they don’t care about COVID. I myself got vaccinated with two shots of Pfizer and keeping in mind that it’s not 100% protection, I wore a mask quite often.
At this point, it’s unclear how many people have been affected by the virus. According to a CNBC report on the matter, conference organizers told them that “attendees were provided with the current recommendations of the CDC and State of Florida.”
No Masks in Florida
According to Executive Order Number 21-102 coming from the Office of the Governor in the State of Florida, wearing masks in the state is recommended but not mandated for the general public. Several cities and large counties, including Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Hillsborough (including Tampa), had previous requirements, but the Governor’s executive order (issued May 3rd) suspended all the local restrictions effective immediately.
Looking at the charts, 53% of the people n the state are reportedly vaccinated as of June 4th. For the week previous to that, the state saw 11,901 new positive cases – a decline of over 4,500 cases compared to the week before that.