KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown borough officials said they may enact an ordinance to stop large gatherings from happening off campus at Kutztown University.
The move would come after Kutztown University announced Wednesday a spike in COVID-19 cases among its students that, officials said, have been traced to social gatherings.
"This is a pandemic we are in," said John Kolosow, a borough resident. "Save the partying for when the pandemic is over."
Kutztown's year-round residents said Thursday that they are fed up.
"There's been parties. I mean, kids gathering outside when they walk and kids spitting beer at us the other week," said Joann Kolosow. "It's a party town. You know, everybody says it's a party town."
The university is attributing much of the recent spike in positive coronavirus cases to off-campus gatherings. University officials released a statement, saying they're doing everything they can to curb increases.
The borough is now considering an ordinance that would help stop large gatherings, but some of the residents said the students will be students..
"How are you gonna stop it? You can stop employees by telling them they'll be fired," said Carl Matuszek, but how can you do something that's off campus?
Kutztown's mayor said the changes could happen next month.
Businesses along Main Street, like Donut Lovers Boom, are worried about revenue.
"We notice a lot new customers are coming from the KU and starting to support us," said Lidia Leiva, the store's manager.
The businesses said it could be a problem for them if the university shuts down due to cases, but at the end of the day, they said they just want everyone to be safe.