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Politics and Policy

Trump Rally In Reno Canceled Due To COVID-19 Restrictions

A sign outside that says, “Reno Tahoe International Airport,” with a sign beneath it in the grass that says, “RENO,” in large letters.
Trevor Bexon
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport authority said that Pres. Donald Trump’s rally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, could not proceed because it would have violated Nevada’s 50-person limit on gatherings put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.";s:

A Trump campaign rally in Reno planned for this weekend has been canceled because the event would violate the state's COVID-19 restrictions, and Nevada officials aren't backing down on efforts to control the virus.

Trump was supposed to speak at a private hangar at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Saturday.

The president’s campaign is blaming Democrats for the cancellation, but the airport authority says the rally would have violated the state’s 50-person limit on gatherings.

Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick says the limit is in place for a reason.

“We still have elevated levels of disease transmission occurring, and by not allowing those large gatherings, we're really protecting our citizens, we're protecting our economy, and our ability to keep businesses open,” Dick said.

The president will still travel to Nevada, but the campaign has not released details about the trip.

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

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