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US South Dakota gov says 'we will not be social distancing' at July 3 celebration at Mount Rushmore

15:40  30 june  2020
15:40  30 june  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Republican governor on Mt. Rushmore event: 'There should have been face coverings'

  Republican governor on Mt. Rushmore event: 'There should have been face coverings' Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday that "there should have been face coverings" at the Mount Rushmore Fourth of July event late last week.Hutchinson told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thinks the event was a "good" way "to celebrate our independence" in a "controlled environment." But he said he wished more people wore face coverings."Obviously, I would have liked to see more face coverings there in order to set an example,"Hutchinson told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thinks the event was a "good" way "to celebrate our independence" in a "controlled environment." But he said he wished more people wore face coverings.

South Dakota ’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration is a free event for people to enjoy. There will be no parking fee on July 3 for lottery winners. For more information about additional programming at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the environmental assessment, visit the Mount Rushmore

Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov .

WASHINGTON — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

"We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing," Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle."

National Park Service staff working Mount Rushmore event weren't required to get tested, agency says

  National Park Service staff working Mount Rushmore event weren't required to get tested, agency says The National Park Service says it did not require employees who worked the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday to get tested for coronavirus, despite the record-high new cases in the US and President Donald Trump's attendance at the event.The National Park Service says it did not require employees who worked the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday to get tested for coronavirus, despite the record-high new cases in the US and President Donald Trump's attendance at the event.

distancing at Mount Rushmore Fourth of July event South Dakota governor says she's working with Trump officials on Mount Rushmore flyover South Dakota governor asks Trump to intervene in checkpoint dispute with Native American tribes MORE (R) said at a press conference that the state is

Rushmore Independence Day celebration that will be attended by President Donald Trump will The National Parks Service is giving out 7,500 tickets by lottery for the July 3 fireworks display social distancing , nor will it limit the number of attendees due to the coronavirus, South Dakota Gov . Noem said she is not concerned about a heightened risk of coronavirus infections that an influx of

a large stone building with Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the background © Provided by NBC News

State officials have told the people of South Dakota "to focus on personal responsibility," said Noem, adding, "Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they're comfortable with."

Trump is expected to attend the celebration and deliver remarks at the event, a day before the July Fourth holiday. Mount Rushmore is located within a national park in Keystone, S.D. The event will happen amid a surge in coronavirus infections across the U.S., which has caused some states including Texas to pull back on their plans to further reopen.

A website detailing information for the July 3 event says that "attendance will be limited" through an online lottery that occurred in June "to around 7,500 participants."

Trump's Mount Rushmore event could yield a crowd of 7,500 — but masks are optional and social distancing isn't required

  Trump's Mount Rushmore event could yield a crowd of 7,500 — but masks are optional and social distancing isn't required South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Fox News that people with concerns about attending the event "can stay home."National Park Service spokesperson Dana Soehn told Forbes that masks are optional for park staffers as well. NPS staff were encouraged to check their temperature before the event, Soehn said, but they weren't required to get tested for the virus.

South Dakota Gov . Kristi Noem, a Republican, has South Dakota Gov . Kristi Noem, a Republican, has a simple response to those that question whether it will be © DIRK LAMMERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS ** FILE ** In this July 18, 2006 file photo, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is shown near

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota , Mount Rushmore symbolizes freedom and hope for America. Get the facts about this national treasure.

White the website for the celebration makes no mention of social distancing or providing face masks, the National Park Service says, "We ask the public to be our partner in adopting social distancing practices when visiting parks."

From the beginning of the pandemic, health and government officials have encouraged Americans to practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet. Officials have also been urging people to wear facial coverings to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

On South Dakota’s Department of Health website, it says that in order to avoid the illness, people should "avoid close contact with people...stay at home as much as possible," and "put distance between yourself and other people.” It also says, “everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public."

Trump, for his part, has declined to wear a face mask throughout the pandemic. As of Sunday, there have been more than 2.5 million positive cases in the U.S. and a death toll of 126,332, according to NBC News' tally.

Trump’s visit to Mt. Rushmore ignites fireworks - both real and political .
Trump is expected to speak at the event, which has issued 7,500 tickets to watch fireworks that he previewed on Thursday as a "display like few people have seen."Trump is expected to speak at the event, which has issued 7,500 tickets to watch fireworks that he previewed on Thursday as a "display like few people have seen." The president will likely enjoy a show of support, with the state Republican Party selling T-shirts that feature Trump on the memorial alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

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