DAYTONA Beach’s Bike Week is attracting more than 300,000 motorcyclists to Florida.
Around 300,000 people were expected to be in Daytona Beach for Bike Week
The ‘Naked Cowboy’ was arrested during bike week in Daytona
Bikers are seen cruising down Main Street for the 80th Anniversary event.
Bike Week began on March 5, and runs through March 14. This is the 80th anniversary event.
Pictures and video show bikers living it up in the Florida city, enjoying the sunshine and showing off their motorcycles.
Janet Kersey, executive vice president and COO of the Chamber of Commerce told ABC News that the event is predicted to bring around 300,000 people to Daytona Beach.
The Chamber of Commerce told ABC the event is expected to bring in around $75million.
Although less people were expected to attending than the usual 400,000 to 500,000 crowd that usually goes to the rally, there’s fears that the event may cause a spike in Covid cases.
One study from the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies at San Diego State University estimated as many as 266,796 Covid cases could be linked back to the Sturgis rally in South Dakota last summer.
The data was not peer-reviewed, however, and some experts have questioned the study.
Around 460,000 people went to the week-long South Dakota event.
The Daytona Beach police department is enforcing Covid guidance to try and limit spread amid the pandemic.
Around 460,000 people went to the Sturgis rally in South Dakota last summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
One study linked over 260,000 Covid cases to the Sturgis, South Dakota rally in July last yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Robert Burck – the ‘Naked Cowboy’ – was arrested in Daytona Beach for panhandlingCredit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Two people are seen riding on a bike in Daytona Beach on March 5, 20210Credit: AP:Associated Press
According to a police advisory shared by the Chamber of Commerce, some merchants will be limited to 60percent capacity during Bike Week.
Merchants “will be following CDC guidelines for facemask use and social distancing,” it added.
As hundreds of thousands of people head down south for the rally, arrest records show the “Naked Cowboy” – whose name is Robert Burck – was arrested on Saturday after being seen at Bike Week.
He’s known for playing guitar and posing for pictures with tourists while clad in underwear and a cowboy hat in Times Square in New York City.
Jail records showed he was charged with one count of resisting an officer, and one count of aggressive panhandling.
Police said in a tweet, however, that “He wasn’t arrested for aggressive panhandling.
“He was arrested for panhandling. Just want to make that clear,” police said.
The Naked Cowboy official Facebook page shared a clip with him singing on the street, with the caption “Naked in Daytona!”
The events run from March 5 to March 14Credit: Daytona Beach Police Department
This is the 80th anniversary of the eventCredit: Facebook / Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson
Police announced capacity limits and masks will be enforced in the areaCredit: Facebook / Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson
Multiple articles with the news of the Burck’s arrest was also shared to the Facebook page.
As there are fears that the event – along with spring breakers down in Florida – may cause Covid spread, officials are working desperately to try and get as many Americans vaccinated as possible.
President Joe Biden recently revealed that due to increased vaccine production, there should be enough shots available for every American adult by the end of May.