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Judge Denies Request to Block Trump Tulsa Rally Over COVID-19 Fears

A judge on Tuesday declined to issue a court order to halt President Donald Trumps campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, until organizers adopt social-distancing measures to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.

The move will allow the president to push ahead with his rally on Saturday, June 20 at Tulsas BOK Center, which has a capacity of just under 20,000.

It will be Trumps first rally since March—when the CCP virus pandemic put a halt to all in-person campaign events—and has received more than one million ticket requests. Vice President Mike Pence has also raised the possibility of holding the event at a different venue due to high demand.

Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2020

The lawsuit was brought by two attorneys on behalf of Tulsa business owners and city residents amid growing health concerns due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The plaintiffs asked the court to halt the event unless the rallys organizers agreed to put in place measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including the mandatory use of masks. Attendees of Saturdays event are currently not required to wear masks or practice social distancing, CNN reported.

The lawsuit said the prospect of assembling tens of thousands of shouting, chanting people inside an enclosed arena amounted to a “super-spreader” COVID-19 event in the making.

“As currently planned, the event will endanger not only the health of the guests in attendance and the plaintiffs, but the entire Tulsa community and any community to which the guests may afterward travel,” the lawsuit said.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs emphasized that their lawsuit concerns public health and not the president as a public figure, arguing that they would also file a lawsuit if the rally were for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“If ASM Global moves forward with the event without adequate review, planning, training, protective equipment, and safeguards, cases of COVID-19—and the unavoidable attendant deaths—will rise. Oklahomas already strained health care infrastructure will be pushed past the breaking point by the certain spike in COVID-19 presentment at local hospitals,” it added.

However, judge Rebecca Nightingale denied the lawyers request for a temporary injunction against the company managing the venue.

BOK Center spokeswoman Meghan Blood told Politico in a statement that the venue was following state regulations for combating the CCP virus pandemic.

“Government officials have advised that the campaign rally as planned is consistent with the guidance for the OURS [Open Up & Recover Safely] plan for entertainment venues, however, in the event that the governing authorities impose new restrictions, we will notify the event organizers immediately,“ she said.

Over 1M ticket requests for the @realDonaldTrump #MAGA Rally in Tulsa on Saturday.

Before entering each guest will get:

✅Temperature check
✅Hand sanitizer
✅Mask

There will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 15, 2020

The Trump campaign said this week that every attendee will receive temperature checks, masks, and hand sanitizer before entering the venue.

The precautions were added after Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce DaRead More From Source

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