In defiance of health officials and CDC recommendations, President Trump will host a campaign rally this week in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump and his supporters will not be required to wear masks or social distance in a 19,000 seat arena. It is unclear if additional protections, such as hand sanitizer, will be provided, but attendees are required to sign a waiver protecting the campaign from lawsuits should people contract the virus. The rally on June 20th will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, the federal government has continued to put out contracts for personal protection equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer. These contracts have been put out as new virus cases have been on the rise amid fears of a potential 2nd wave.
The Department of Commerce is looking for 1,000 face masks for its National Institute of Standards and Technology. 700 will be sent to its office in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and 300 will be delivered to its office in Boulder, Colorado. Quotes for this opportunity are due June 25 by 11pm EDT.
Additionally, the Office of Personnel Management is looking for up to 1,002 1000mL bottles of hand sanitizer as well as 10 dispensers with a stand and tray. The hand sanitizer will be delivered to their office in Washington, D.C., and quotes are due by July 16 at 9am EDT.
The rally indoors increases the probability of contracting the virus, and the lack of protections increases this risk further. Multiple health officials have denounced the rally calling it “extraordinarily dangerous.” Tulsa World reports that the city’s health department director wishes, “we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today.” Tulsa and Oklahoma have reported record high numbers in new cases in recent days.
It brings into question Trump’s personal vendetta against safety precautions as his administration has spent millions of dollars for protections for its workers. State and local governments are also still seeking PPE and other safety equipment according to GovDirections.
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Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.