Biketoberfest begins amid the pandemic.


Local law enforcement and health officials are doing everything they can to prevent this year's Biketoberfest- underway in Volusia County- from becoming a dreaded superspreader event for the coronavirus.

"We ask that you wear your mask," Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said. "Social distance when practical- probably going to be hard to do considering the bars are open- there's going to be people in tight places. Wash your hands and ride safely."

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood says take it from him- you need to do all you can to protect yourself from COVID-19.

"Having had it- and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemies," Sheriff Chitwood said, "it is a highly communicable disease, so if you're coming, and we want you to come, you need to be cognizant of that and if you're going to be in a jam-packed room- wear a mask."

Biketoberfest runs through Sunday.

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