Residents angry after Maine wedding linked to 7 virus deaths

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A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus “superspreader” event that left seven people dead and 177 infected. Now, for the community and wider region, which had relaxed social-distancing rules introduced earlier in the crisis, the news was a brutal wake-up call.

When we heard of the outbreak… everyone really hunkered down,” said Cody McEwen, head of the town council. “As soon as the outbreak happened, we completely closed the town again.”

“Some of the residents were clearly angry at the event’s organizers — starting with the tavern, whose license was temporarily suspended.

“I don’t think they should have had the wedding. I think it should have been limited like they were supposed to,” said Nina Obrikis, a member of the Baptist church where the ceremony was held.

“We can’t go nowhere or do nothing,” she said.

The nuptials in early August were attended by 65 people, breaking the official limit of 50 allowed at a gathering.

A ceremony at a church was followed by a reception at the Big Moose Inn — both venues near the picturesque town of Millinocket, whose population numbers just 4,000.

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