UMMS PSA: Gathering at bars, restaurants pose increased COVID-19 risk

Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 10:40:11-04

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Medical System on Monday released a Public Service Announcement to call attention to the dangers and risks of socializing without taking proper precautions, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PSA is being called “Party Foul,” and it's message is simple, "people may have COVID-19 and not know – even your friends at a bar or restaurant,” said Dr. David Marcozzi, COVID-19 Incident Commander for UMMS. “No age group is immune. Try and meet outside and make sure you wear a mask, keep at least six feet apart from non-household contacts and maintain good hand hygiene even when going out. Not keeping yourself and others safe at a party or bar has always been a party foul, just now we also need to think about COVID-19.”

The release of the PSA comes as new CDC research shows infections among people 18-22 years-old increased 55% nationally, from August into September.

Watch the PSA below.