President Donald Trump has already made a few concessions regarding his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend. He’s moved the date, and his campaign manager says that masks and hand sanitizer will be offered. However, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that rallygoers cannot be required to wear masks.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted on Monday to announce that over 1 million tickets have been requested for the event at Bank of Oklahoma center, a venue that can hold fewer than 20k people. He also said that everyone attending would be provided with hand sanitizer and a mask, and subjected to a temperature check before entering the rally.
However, nothing was said about whether attendees would be expected to wear the masks or use the hand sanitizer, or what would be done if an attendee refused the temperature check.
According to Huffingtone Post, however, the BOK Center’s management has requested a written health and safety plan, a request organizers have promised to consider.
They’re not the only ones concerned. The nonprofit John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and two local residents asked the state to consider requiring masks and six-foot social distancing at the rally. However, on Firday, the Oklahome Supreme Court rejected the request, saying that under the state’s reopen plan, measures are “permissive, suggestive and discretionary.”
The rally has already been controversial for several reasons, including being originally scheduled fo Juneteenth, as well as being scheduled without social distancing during the ongoing pandemic. Trump has also contradicted police on the enforcement of curfews in the area, saying they won’t apply to his supporters.
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