BRIDGEVILLE, Del. — The state of Delaware is upset with a Mexican folk dance group for holding rodeo and music festival events. The Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement and Delaware Division of Public Health contend the events held by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Society of New York violated state orders related to COVID-19 and social distancing.

“These charges stem from violations of the State of Emergency order citing patrons dancing, not wearing masks, not social distancing and exceeding the maximum number of patrons allowed inside the event,” the agencies said in a statement.

The agencies cite events held in Bridgeville in Sussex County by the cultural group. Organizers of the event face a potential $21,000 fine as part of the administrative charges and not securing necessary permits for the events.

The state of Delaware also wants organizers of the events to provide the names, emails and telephone numbers of fans, performers and staff who attended events for contact tracing.

The charges stems from events held earlier this month and late August. Alex Garcia, director of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Society, is also being summoned to appear before the Office of Alcohol Beverage Control. Garcia has not yet responded to a request for comment from The Star Democrat on the matters.

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