Tulsa Mayor Institutes Civil Emergency and Curfew In Response To President Rally

Tula Mayor G.T. Bynum instituted a civil emergency and curfew Thursday for the area of the arena where U.S. President Donald Trump’s Saturday campaign rally will take place.

According to the Republican mayor, the measure is in place for three reasons: civil unrest, the anticipated draw of more than 100,000 people and hostility to the announcement of putting a “federal exclusion zone” in place for six blocks around the arena.

Bynum said he was informed by various law enforcement agencies about the potential of organized groups involved in nefarious behaviors in other states coming to his city for civil disobedience.

For its part, BOK Center arena officials have asked the campaign to provide them with a written detailed plan on how it would implement social distance and other virus-combating measures.

The arena can hold approximately 20,000 people and has people lined up outside for two days ahead of the weekend rally. This, despite a recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases. It’s why arena officials have demanded the administration provide them with a plan.

According to the campaign, there will be masks and hand sanitizers offered to all attendees, along with temperature checks before entering.

Talking with Fox News, Ronna McDaniel, GOP chairman, revealed masks were only optional, and there was no plan being implemented for social distancing for the indoor event. Fox News reported crowds of people lined up outside the arena two days before the big event.

Supporters have gathered since Monday to get inside the venue.

To one group holding a Trump 2020 flag, a local reporter asked if the group was really going to sit out there for the whole week. A female responded, saying they would be there until after the rally.

The Trump campaign said over one million people registered online for seating of a first-come, first-serve rally to an arena that can only hold less than 20,000 people. Supporters were being asked to sign a waiver, releasing the campaign of legal obligations of those who got sick.

Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, said the campaign was looking at holding a second event in Tulsa to ensure more people meet with the president. He said it was going to “be great in the most open state in the nation.”

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