Trump indoor rally site fined $3K for virus violations

Trump’s campaign organizers were warned that defying regulations could be dangerous

Trump is having a hard time following COVID-19 regulations. At a recent indoor rally in Nevada, the president attracted thousands of supporters violating the state’s restrictions of 50 people or more.

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According to CNN, the event was held at the Xtreme Manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada. The facility decided to go forward with the rally despite warnings from the city that it violated state regulations.

Kathleen Richards the city of Henderson spokeswoman issued a statement that read:

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“The City of Henderson has issued a compliance letter and verbal warning to the event organizer that the event as planned would be in direct violation of the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited.”

Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations and at this time, the City has not been notified that this event has been approved. The City may assess a fine of up to $500 per violation of the governor’s directives as well as suspend or revoke the business license.”

The violations eventually racked up to a whopping $3,000. According to KTNV, Xtreme Manufacturing was fined for facilitating a crowd that exceeded over 50 people, failing to social distance, and neglecting to wear face coverings.

Originally the rallies were going to be held at Nevada’s airport hangars but they pulled out when they discovered the event would exceed the 50 person limit.

There have been almost 200,000 coronavirus deaths but despite the alarming numbers Trump supporters say they have every right to attend the rally.

“I feel like that’s my freedom as an American to attend the event,” said Trump rally attendee Kyle Hackett told CNN. “And if I catch COVID, that’s the consequences of my actions, so I’m willing to take that risk and have a good time today.”

Before the rally, event organizers said they had a plan to keep attendees safe.

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“Every attendee will get a temperature check prior to admission, be provided a mask they’re encouraged to wear and have access to plenty of hand sanitizers,” a campaign official told CNN.

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