TULSA, Okla. — Supporters of President Donald Trump who have camped out for days in downtown Tulsa are ready to hear the president speak at one of his rallies for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down everything.
Flags, signs and crowds line the street near the BOK Center where the president will speak at 7 p.m.
“There’s been a line all night... so there was a mad dash like a Beatles concert, but it’s a Trump rally so you get the same effect,” said Jason Jones who traveled from New Mexico to hear the president speak.
Tulsa city leaders are expecting up to 100,000 people to congregate near downtown amid a time where Tulsa coronavirus cases continue to increase at an alarming rate.
As of Friday, the Tulsa Health Department said there are 721 active cases of coronavirus in the county.
“It’s going be difficult to keep people safe even with those measures in place because the train of transmission occurs in people who are in close contact, close together and that’s what happens at these kinds of rallies,” said Dr. Bruce Dart with the Tulsa Health Department.
But for many who support the president, the reward outweighs the risk.
“The objective was never to have zero cases in the state of Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “It’s just not possible. It’s not possible today. It’s not possible in November. It’s not possible in December. The coronavirus is in the U.S. and it’s in Oklahoma, so we have to learn how to deal with that.”
The BOK Center said they will encourage all attendees to remain masked throughout the duration of the event until they exit the building and there will be signage reminding attendees of precautions.
A temperature-check will also be mandatory for rally goers and they will be provided with a mask and hand sanitizer before entering the building.
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