Over the weekend, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to about 10 reports of groups of people, said spokesman Kevin Bradshaw, just days after it announced it had broken up 72 similar gatherings in the past two weeks.

Law enforcement continues to respond to reports of gatherings in violation of statewide orders to limit groups to less than 10 people, but those gathered are getting more creative about avoiding consequences.


Over the weekend, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to about 10 reports of groups of people, said spokesman Kevin Bradshaw, just days after it announced it had broken up 72 similar gatherings in the past two weeks.


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Saturday, a report of a non-essential business being open and full of people in the 2700 block of Crawfordville Road led police to a suspected internet café, Bradshaw said.


When officers arrived, everyone inside the business fled; the investigation is ongoing.


Monday morning, officers were called about a group of about 20 people sleeping in the bushes near the Kearney Center on Municipal Way. They were told to space themselves out and they complied.


Local officials are in the midst of trying to figure out how to reduce the population of the Kearney Center and HOPE Community by moving some of the city's homeless population to vacant hotels, apartments and Salvation Army buildings.


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Meantime, a block party on Sunday showed the creativity of trying to stay socially distant while still having a party.


Bradshaw said officers responded near the intersection of Levy Avenue and Hillsborough Street at about 6:45 p.m. The party spanned five of six yards each with a small gathering that complied with statewide orders.


"It was a block party of some variety," Bradshaw said. "But people were in groups of 10 in individual yards and appropriately spaced."


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Bradshaw and others have been active in encouraging people to remain spaced out to stop the spread of coronavirus as cases in the city and state continue to mount, surpassing the 20,000 mark in Florida on Monday.


"Humans are social creatures," Bradshaw said. "We’re hoping that people just be responsible friends and family members and realize that you might be contagious and infecting your loved ones."


The Leon County Sheriff’s Office did not report being called to any large gatherings.


Contact Karl Etters at ketters@tallahassee.com or @KarlEtters on Twitter.


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