Pullman, WA — As the world continues to deal with coronavirus, each county has various guidelines in place. In Whitman County, officers have been giving out tickets for large group gatherings where proper social distancing isn’t occurring and masks aren’t being worn. The women’s basketball head coach, Kamie Ethridge, was fined earlier this week for hosting a block party on her property.
According to the Spokesman-Review, Ethridge was ticketed under Pullman’s nuisance party ordinance. That same report stated there were about “25 people outside in Ethridge’s yard not wearing masks or social distancing”.
Since the party was broken up, Ethridge has paid her $150 fine and issued an apology for her actions:
“I would like to apologize for the violation of our local social distancing guidelines,” Ethridge said in a statement released by the university. “There was a gathering held on my driveway, of which I did not host. But as the guidelines state, the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining proper social distancing and mask-wearing for all that are in attendance. As this did occur on my property, I take full responsibility. I appreciate the hard work being done by our Whitman County Health officials to keep our community as safe as possible during this pandemic. As a role model in our community, I will work to set a better example.”
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