Trump rally called ‘dangerous move’ in age of coronavirus

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 12:31:46-04

WASHINGTON — Health experts are questioning President Donald Trump's decision to rally his supporters at a large indoor arena in Oklahoma.

They cite the danger of infection spreading among the crowd and sparking outbreaks when people return to their homes.

The COVID-19 case numbers in Oklahoma are low, but rising.

The Trump campaign itself acknowledges the risk in a waiver attendees must agree to for the rally this coming Saturday at a 19,000-seat BOK Center in Tulsa.

“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the waiver reads. “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”

Whether the campaign will take any of the precautions advised by state and local health departments is unclear.

Oklahoma health authorities say anyone who attends a large public event should get tested for COVID-19 shortly afterward.