Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Reopens; Guests Warned To Maintain Social Distance In Jacuzzis

President Donald Trump’s exclusive Mar-A-Lago club begins the reopening process Saturday, giving guests access to a restaurant and pool area. The state of Florida is entering its first phase of reopening, and not all services that the club provides are allowed to resume yet. In an email, club members are asked to practice social distancing in the dining area, pool, and jacuzzi.

Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago to reopen
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In an email obtained by Washington Post, Mar-A-Lago invited members back to the resort, promising a Saturday reopen. Though the club includes hotel rooms, a gym, and large dining areas, those remain closed, with only the Beach Club restaurant and pool area reopening. The Beach Club restaurant is an oceanfront building with patio dining.

The pool will be reopened, though seating will be placed 6 feet apart, and guests are directed to bring their own towels. The email exhorted members not to congregate, and warned that social distancing will be actively enforced, at poolside, in the water, and the jacuzzi.

It’s not the only Trump business reopening under new guidance from Governor Rick Desantis. The Twitter account dedicated to promoting Trump’s golf courses tweeted Thursday, reminding the public that Florida courses (three of Trump Golf’s 19 clubs around the world are in Florida) will be open this weekend.

Trump has pushed for businesses to reopen for some time, praising states at the end of April for starting the process.

Aside from Mar-A-Lago and his golf clubs, other businesses of Trump’s have been affected, including hotels and a winery in Virginia. Propublica reported last month that, under the provisions of the coronavirus relief bill, several of these will qualify for some government bailout benefits. The Trump Organization has already applied for similar bailouts in Ireland and Scotland, to cover salaries at Trump Golf resorts there, according to USA Today.

As states begin to reopen, research continues for a vaccine or any effective treatments to diminish the impact of COVID-19. The CDC counts Florida as one of fewer than a dozen states with the highest case count, over 40k cases, and nearly 2,000 deaths attributable to the coronavirus.

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