Rally goers waited several hours in line to get to the rally grounds at Minden, Nevada Airport. The rally itself takes place on the asphalt of general aviation.
Trump supporter Maria Ainsclugh said she was excited to join a sizable crowd to hear the president speak. She said she feels safe and refuses to wear masks because she doesn’t think the pandemic is as severe as health experts say.
“I see people wearing masks in the street and avoiding approaching other people – it’s sad. We have to be outside and interact so we get immune. We have to develop immunity,” Ainsclugh said.
When asked if she was concerned about contracting the virus, she said no.
The campaign had previously given vague explanations on how to comply with the Covid-19 abatement protocols in Nevada for the rallies the president plans to hold this weekend.
When asked if the campaign should limit the number of people admitted to the rally, a campaign official said: “Each participant will be given a temperature test prior to admission, given a mask to wear, and given access to plenty of hand sanitizer. “
However, health experts have emphasized that people can spread the virus even if they don’t have symptoms like a fever, which makes wearing a mask all the more important.
Trump continues to hold rallies despite warnings of crowds leading to the virus spreading more widely. The next one is scheduled for Sunday in Henderson, Nevada.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles and Glen Dacy contributed to this report.