TheHill reports an Oklahoma judge rejected a lawsuit seeking to block President Trump’s rally in Tulsa this Saturday unless it enforces social distancing and other health measures.
The move paves the way for Trump to hold his rally at the 19,000-plus-seat BOK Center despite warnings from some health officials that the event could spread the coronavirus.
The suit, brought by two attorneys on behalf of city residents and business owners, claimed that the rally would put the community at increased risk of coronavirus infection.
Per WashingtonTimes, numerous news outlets reported Tuesday evening that Judge Rebecca Nightingale had rejected the lawsuit in Tulsa County court brought by two local black-history organizations — The Greenwood Cultural Centre and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.
The lawsuit had sought a temporary injunction against ASM Global, the company that manages the 19,000-seat BOK Center, according to the lawsuit, “to protect against a substantial, imminent, and deadly risk to the community.”
“Such a collection of events would result in a super-spreader event that spreads the virus across northeastern Oklahoma and other places attendees go,” said attorney Clark Brewster, who filed the lawsuit.
The suit tried to force ASM Global to make mandatory, for both attendees and arena workers, the use of face masks at the rally and also to enforce social distancing rules that would be impractical for a mass public event such as a political rally or demonstration.