Update 7:18 p.m. Local government officials will meet with UNC leadership Wednesday to discuss stronger measures for preventing violations of local and state ordinances from UNC students, according to a Monday press release from the Town of Chapel Hill.
The Town was “hopeful that students would do the right thing” due to messaging from UNC and a limited number of students on Franklin Street during Halloween, according to the press release. However, the press release said prior planning efforts allowed the Town to get the hundreds of students rushing Franklin Street off in about 30 minutes without conflict.
Police officers were on the scene from the start of the rush, though it appears there was no coordinated law enforcement effort to disperse the crowd until about 30 minutes into the event.
“We will continue to think differently to avoid such gatherings in the future,” the press release said.
The press release also said Orange County and Chapel Hill leaders are calling on students who rushed Franklin Street to quarantine and test regularly.
“If you were out on Saturday night celebrating the basketball game, it is advised that you self-monitor for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and get a test on day six following potential exposure at this mass gathering,” Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart said in the statement.
The Chapel Hill Police Department will be working with UNC to assist with any information gathering to follow up with students who were in violation of community standards.
Undergraduate students must test twice a week if they have in-person classes, live in campus housing, live with 10+ people or live in Granville Towers. They must test once a week if they live in Chapel Hill or Carrboro.
Repeat violations of state executive orders can carry up to a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail.