COVID-19 outbreak partially halts Trump’s Mar-A-Lago

COVID-19 outbreak partially halts Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Former President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club has been partially closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, a receptionist confirmed to CBS News. The extent of the outbreak at the club, where Mr. Trump has resided since leaving, is unclear.

An email to club members obtained by The Associated Press said staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and, as such, the club would temporarily suspend service to the beach club and hall. to eat. A club member confirmed to CBS Miami that he received a phone call about the shutdown.

Photos posted on Mar-A-Lago’s Facebook page on Friday show people gathered without masks.

The club said in the email it had taken “all appropriate response measures” and would disinfect the affected areas. Some services, including banquet and event services, will remain open.

Palm Beach County, Florida, where Mr. Trump’s club is located, has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the state, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Friday, there have been nearly 127,500 cases in the county, as the state approaches two million cases. More than 5,100 new cases were reported in the state on Thursday, according to the state’s public health department.

Earlier this week, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties released a statement to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, saying his recent actions “inadvertently” sent a message that people should ignore the measures of coronavirus safety, according to CBS affiliate WPEC.

Last week, the governor overturned all coronavirus-related fines for residents of the state, the WPEC reported.

“For a year now, communities in Florida have been working incredibly hard to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and local governments, including the tri-county area of ​​Southeast Florida, have taken common sense measures. recommended by the CDC to protect our residents, businesses and visitors, ”the letter reads. “As our positivity rate continues to move in the right direction and vaccination efforts accelerate, now is not the time to be cautious as we are so close to putting this pandemic behind us. ”


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