Rally attendees waited in line for several hours to enter the rally site at Minden, Nevada airport. The rally itself will be held on the asphalt of the general aviation field.
Trump supporter Maria Ainsclugh said she was thrilled to join a sizable crowd to hear the president’s word. He said he feels safe and rejects the idea of wearing masks because he doesn’t believe the pandemic is as serious as health experts say.
“I see people wearing masks on the street, avoiding getting close to other people – it’s sad. We have to be outside and interact, that’s how we become immune. We have to develop immunity,” Ainsclugh said.
Asked if she was worried about contracting the virus, she said no.
The campaign previously offered vague explanations about how it will adhere to Covid-19 mitigation protocols in Nevada for the rallies the president plans to hold this weekend.
When asked specifically if the campaign plans to limit the number of people who will be admitted to the event, a campaign official said: “Each participant will receive a temperature check prior to admission, will receive a mask that is encouraged to wear and have access to lots of hand sanitizers. “
But health experts have pointed out that people can still spread the virus even if they have no symptoms, such as fever, which makes wearing a mask even more important.
Despite warnings about crowds leading to greater spread of the virus, Trump continues to hold demonstrations. The next is scheduled for Sunday in Henderson, Nevada.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles and Glen Dacy contributed to this report.