46th annual Jobbie Nooner boat party to happen amid coronavirus pandemic

The infamous party typically attracts thousands of boaters to Lake St. Clair each year

Jobbie Nooner 2012 at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair’s infamous annual Jobbie Nooner is expected to carry on as usual this June amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The Gull Island boat party is not formally organized, but event advocates say the party is still on despite health concerns related to COVID-19.

Jobbie Nooner will celebrate its 46th annual event this year, according to event advocates, which typically attracts thousands of boaters each year.

The St. Clair Sheriff’s Office told the Detroit Free Press that they do not endorse the event but will be present to ensure the safety of partygoers.

“The thing is, it’s kind of an unmanageable event, and we have not endorsed it -- ever,” Deputy Steve Campau of the St. Clair Sheriff’s Office said. “Our goal -- and it has been for years -- is to keep people alive.”

Officials are also calling for social distancing at the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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