Motorcyclists hold riding event Labor Day Weekend in New Haven despite COVID-19 concerns

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There was a large gathering of people on motorized vehicles in New Haven Saturday afternoon.

The group, “East Coastin’,” held their Summer Ender event: riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs through the streets of the Elm City.

Motorcyclists were seen at the corner of Water and East Streets. Many of them were not social distancing or wearing masks.

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Viewers wrote to News 8 saying they saw the bikers in other parts of the Elm City, including Forbes Avenue, and on I-95.

There was a push from the New Haven Police Department to cancel this event over coronavirus concerns and the number of people who would attend. Organizers chose to hold the event, as planned.

A few days ago the New Haven-based East Coastin’ crew posted on social media saying the event will still be held and asked everyone to be respectful.

“Our city is dealing with many different challenges,” New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker told News 8 on Saturday evening. “It is deplorable for so many out of towners to come to New Haven for their own entertainment and divert our policing resources from keeping neighborhoods safe.”

New Haven police closely monitored the situation for the duration of the event. It started at 2 p.m. and it lasted several hours.

No injuries, crashes, or arrests have yet been reported.

News 8 reached out to East Coastin’ for a comment, and has not yet heard back.

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