European Championship viewing party on Federal Hill, discuss concerns of delta variant

"We are here to celebrate Italy in the place where it should be: on Federal Hill"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- As local businesses find a sense of normalcy after the pandemic, a dozen cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant have been confirmed in Rhode Island. Earlier this week, Governor Dan McKee extended the state of emergency until at least August 6.

Soccer fans from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts all gathered at Bacco on Federal Hill Sunday for European Soccer Championship viewing party to watch Italy battle England.

Soccer fans and Bacco owner, Armando Bisceglio, shared their thoughts on both the Delta variant and finally being able to watch the sport that they love, in a crowd.

“I knew I wanted to be surrounded by this amazing environment and everyone here it’s been nothing but amazing so far,” Sophia Falconeiri told ABC6.

Bacco’s owner, Armando Bisceglio, battled COVID earlier this year. 

“We are here to celebrate Italy in the place where it should be: on Federal Hill,” he told ABC6.

“We’re just keeping our eyes on the prize and keep doing what we have to do,” he told ABC6 when asked about the Delta variant.

Bisceglio said he’s recovered from COVID-19, and is back at work almost full-time.

“I’m very happy to being back to doing what I love.”

The Delta variant is extremely contagious, but not any more deadly than other strains of the virus. Hospitalizations in the state are still low, with hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders fully vaccinated.

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