2020-06-12 02:34:27 UTC
When registering for tickets, attendees are informed that by doing so they are
"acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists."
People who want to attend President Trump's rally in Oklahoma next week must
agree not to sue the president's campaign if they become infected with COVID-19
at the event.
The rally is Trump's first in months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and
the campaign is requiring a new disease waiver. When registering for tickets
through Trump's website, would-be attendees are informed that by doing so, they
are "acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any
public place where people are present" and must "voluntarily assume all risks
related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold" the campaign liable if
The rally will be held at the BOK Center in Tulsa, where in 1921 a white mob
attacked Black residents' businesses along what was known as Black Wall Street
in the worst incident of racial violence in US history. Trump's event is also
scheduled for June 19, or Juneteenth: the holiday commemorating the end of
slavery in the US.
It is Trump's first such event in over three months and comes at a time of
nationwide unrest over police brutality against Black people. Meanwhile,
coronavirus cases in Oklahoma continue to be on the rise, with an average of 96
new cases a day over the last week.
"There is no better place than America's Heartland to restart our Make America
Great Again Rallies," Trump campaign official Michael Glassner said in a
statement on Thursday. "There's no doubt that the Great American Comeback is
here, and we are looking forward to the tremendous crowds and enthusiasm behind
It's unclear how many attendees will be permitted into Trump's rally next week
or whether any social distancing measures will be enforced in the arena, which
has a capacity of about 19,000 people. But over the last several months, Trump
has said he wants to see crowds.
"Hopefully in the not-too-distant future, well have some massive rallies and
people will be sitting next to each other," Trump said during an April 29
roundtable on reopening the economy. "I cant imagine a rally where you have
every fourth seat full. Every every six seats are empty for every one that you
have full. That wouldnt look too good.
While many other large gatherings, such as music festivals Coachella and
Stagecoach, have been canceled altogether as the pandemic drags on, other
businesses that typically draw large crowds are beginning to reopen with
On Wednesday, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure announced the
California parks would reopen next month, but that guests would need to make a
reservation and that capacity would be reduced to allow for social distancing.
The company has said previously that when Disney World in Florida reopens in
mid-July guests will have to wear face coverings and get their temperature
checked before entering the park.
Meanwhile, professional sports leagues have been planning to hold events with no
fans in attendance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.