Experts worry Trump's Mount Rushmore Independence Day celebration is a coronavirus super-spreader event in the making
Added 07-02-20 01:14:02am EST - “Health experts warned of potential coronavirus spread, and a local wildfire expert said the fireworks could spark wildfires in the surrounding forest.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Experts worry Trump's Mount Rushmore Independence Day celebration is a coronavirus super-spreader event in the making”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
As cities across the US cancel Independence Day celebrations amid mounting concerns of surging coronavirus cases, a fireworks display at the Mt. Rushmore national monument is still happening according to schedule — without mandatory face masks and social distancing.
President Donald Trump is also set to appear on Friday for the first fireworks display at the national monument since 2010. Tickets were capped at 7,500 attendees in order "to ensure a safe and successful event," according to the event website.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Fox News that social distancing will not be enforced and masks not required for the attendees. Masks will be provided for those who want to wear one.
"In South Dakota, we've told people to focus on personal responsibility," she said during an appearance on Fox News. "Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they are comfortable with. So we will be having celebrations of American independence, we will have a large event July 3."
"We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one," she continued. "But we won't be social distancing, we're asking them to come, be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this country."
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