CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – The Clemson Police Department warned businesses against holding gatherings and announced they are investigating a concert which was reportedly held in the city Friday night.
According to Clemson Police, video and photographs were posted to social media showing what they called an unlawful gathering at a local establishment which posed a risk to public health and safety.
The police department is investigating the matter but said no arrests or citations were issued the evening of the gathering.
The concert was reportedly at Study Hall restaurant and bar Friday night. The video appears to have been removed from social media, but there are some still images circulating online that show a crowd of people shoulder to shoulder, most of them without masks.
“We’re trying to determine whether they’re civil violations versus criminal violations or if they’re even a violation that can be charged at this point, so we’re still taking a look at that,” said Clemson Police Chief Jorge Campos.
Campos said officers weren’t aware of a gathering until a day after it had reportedly happened. He said they’re not investigating individuals who may have been at Study Hall Friday night.
“We have to deal with the larger situation and try to curb that,” he said.
To Shannon Robert, who teaches at Clemson University, the photos she saw online were maddening.
Clemson University is offering a mix of in person and virtual learning, and Robert said some of her more vulnerable colleagues are scared to be in the classroom.
“We want them to have the college experience that they want, but as long as the few keep behaving this way, it makes it really hard to deliver that to everybody safely,” she said.
Clemson Police said they issued a notice to all establishments that such gatherings are a violation of the Governor’s emergency orders and will not be allowed. Police said that any owner or operator of a business which allows those gatherings can be criminally charged.
The city of Clemson has a mandatory mask ordinance and has adjusted their open container ordinance to allow businesses who have had to lower capacity to expand outdoors.
7News reached out to Clemson University and Study Hall Monday, but did not receive responses.