Provo party company holds event amidst COVID concerns


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Party-goers attend an underground dance party hosted by Provo party company Young/Dumb on Friday, Aug. 7. (Preston Crawley)

Provo-based party company Young/Dumb threw an underground dance party on Friday, Aug. 7, just weeks before the start of BYU’s Fall Semester.

The event was advertised on social media as both a fun event with food, mock-tails and free energy drinks as well as protest against what the organizers said are unfair rulings in Utah over which businesses are and are not allowed to operate.

“I feel the party was important. I wanted to show that even small business owners can do something. These restrictions have been a financial death sentence for so many, and I’m sick of it,” Young/Dumb Co-founder Kwaku El told the Universe.

By 10:15 p.m. on Friday, the small venue on the intersection of University Avenue and 300 South was filled with around 60 people. By the end of the night, El said they had “passed a few hundred people through the doors. Which shows that other people are excited and willing to re-open their lives once again.”

Provo, which is in Utah County, is currently in Utah’s “Low Risk Phase.” The state’s website says individuals in areas in this phase should wear face coverings in public settings where physical distancing is difficult.

The website also states private social interactions should be limited to groups of 50 or fewer, but entertainment events can exceed 50 individuals if “organizational oversight can be provided that ensures guidelines are followed.”

Attendees were told to come early to make sure they could get in because of limited attendance due to COVID-19 concerns. Those attending were also asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing while inside, however, neither regulation was enforced.

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