President Donald Trump held a packed, indoor campaign rally in Henderson on Sunday night, defying the state’s mitigation measures for COVID-19.
The City of Henderson issued a compliance letter and verbal warning to the venue hosting President Donald Trump’s rally, according to a city spokeswoman.
In a statement, spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said the warnings alerted Xtreme Manufacturing that the event would be “in direct violation of the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives.”
It was not immediately known how many people were in attendance at the event in Henderson.
Temperature checks were given to all upon entrance at the industrial site in Henderson and while masks were encouraged, few wore them.
“If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told The Associated Press.
The directive in Nevada has limited gatherings to 50 people since May. The state is also following guidance provided from the White House.
“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. If the governor’s directives are not followed, the City may assess a fine of up to $500 per violation as well as suspend or revoke the business license,” said Richards.
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Sunday night issued a statement saying the president is “taking reckless and selfish actions that are putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada.”
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Trump on Sunday morning held a socially distanced Latinos for Trump roundtable at Treasure Island. He spoke at the “Great American Comeback” rally at Xtreme Manufacturing at 7 p.m.
Xtreme Manufacturing is owned by local businessman Don Ahern, also chairman and CEO of Ahern Rentals and owner of the Ahern Hotel, formerly the Lucky Dragon. The hotel was fined more than $10,000 last month by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration for hosting an “Evangelicals for Trump” event.
The Henderson facility has a page on its website with information on the company’s COVID-19 response for employees and customers, including “We have restricted meetings and gatherings to no more than 10 people in large areas, and when possible, to attend meetings by telephone or video conferencing.”
Trump was expected to leave Nevada for California on Monday morning. McCarran International Airport alerted drivers of potential road closures for the departure. An exact time was not provided.
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