Gov. Seeks Larger Venue For Trump’s Tulsa Rally After Nearly 1M Request Tickets
WZZM, an ABC News affiliate, reports that over 1 million people have requested tickets to President Donald J. Trump’s rally scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- On June 15, Governor Kevin Stitt (R-OK) said that he is asking the campaign to consider holding the event in a different, larger venue, and probably one that is outdoors.
- The BOK Center, where the rally is expected to be held in downtown Tulsa, can seat 19,000 people.
- Some people can already be seen waiting in line outside the BOK Center.
- Tulsa County Health Department Director Bruce Dart has expressed concerns about gathering so many people in such a crowded space. Both the state and Tulsa have recently seen daily highs in positive COVID-19 cases.
- Oklahoma County Republican Party Chairman David McLain said on June 15 that Trump intends to fill every seat at the venu. He noted that masks will be given to every attendant, though wearing a mask will not be mandatory.
- Oklahoma began phase 1 of its reopening on April 24. The state is currently in phase 3 of its reopening, and there are almost no restrictions on businesses. Social distancing is still encouraged in Oklahoma, but there is no prohibition on large gatherings.
- Stitt noted that there are only 150 people in Oklahoma hospitalized due to COVID-19 and that the state has sufficient hospital capacity.
We… have to learn how to deal with COVID, because it’s in the United States, it’s in Oklahoma, and we can’t let it dictate our lives.