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DC mayor disregarded own COVID restrictions to attend Biden victory speech, defends ‘essential travel’

Despite Delaware being on District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s list of high-risk states, the mayor and her staff attended President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech in Delaware Saturday, reportedly defending the trip as “essential travel.”

Bowser’s justification for her travel was first reported by Mark Segraves of WRC, the NBC-owned station in Washington D.C., who quoted one of her staff members as saying the trip was “essential travel” and “excepted under Mayor’s order.”

Segraves quoted Bowser’s Chief of Staff John J. Falicchio who said he, the mayor, and her senior advisers met with Symone Sanders, a campaign adviser for Biden. 

Delaware was among the states deemed “high-risk” in a list released by Mayor Bowser’s office just last week.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, right, standing next to Metropolitan Police Department chief Peter Newsham, left, speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. 

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, right, standing next to Metropolitan Police Department chief Peter Newsham, left, speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. 
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The guidelines state that “anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the district.”

It further states that “individuals traveling from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the District for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and, if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.”

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It wasn’t immediately clear if Mayor Bowser or the staff members who accompanied her to Biden’s victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday were abiding by their own quarantine rules. Her office has not responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

The mayor has also been mum on the thousands of Americans who celebrated in the streets over the weekend following Biden’s presidential victory. Countless images have emerged of participants packed should-to-shoulder in close quarters. Many – though not all – appeared to be wearing masks, but very few were abiding by social distancing as recommended for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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On Sunday, Mayor Bowser encouraged those who voted in the 2020 presidential election to get tested for COVID-19, but did not recommend abiding by social distancing rules to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.  

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Trump Had Planned to Attend Election Party at His Hotel but Family Now Says They Might Be at the White House



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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has reportedly scrapped plans for him to attend a party at his Washington, D.C., hotel on election night — though his family said the change was simply part of a possible relocation to the White House instead.

When asked about a report in The New York Times that the president would be canceling his planned attendance at an already-promoted party, the president’s son Eric Trump told Fox & Friends on Friday that they were just looking to moving the event.

“No, we’re thinking about moving it actually, over to the White House,” Eric said. “We’re looking at that right now. It’s going to be a great night. It’s going to be a really beautiful night. I’m really excited.”

The Times, citing aides and “multiple fund-raising solicitations” already sent to supporters, reported that President Trump had planned to be at the event, which was described in one campaign email as an “invitation-only Trump Election Night Party at his favorite hotel in Washington, DC.”



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He hosted a similar gathering, this time in New York City, at the end of the 2016 election

Asked about his plans on Friday morning outside the White House, Trump told reporters, “We haven’t made a determination.” 

He suggested he was limited by local regulations being enforced amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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In D.C., COVID-19 regulations require that events have no more than 50 people in attendance, with groups of no more than six being seated at least six feet apart.

The president has openly chafed at following public health guidelines around slowing the virus, however.

“We have certain rules and regulations. You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor has shut it down.  So we have a hotel; I don’t know if it’s shut — if you’re allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor has shut down Washington, D.C.  And if that’s the case, we’ll probably stay here or pick another location,” Trump, 74, said Friday. “I think it’s crazy Washington, D.C., is shut down. Can you imagine?”

(A campaign spokesperson did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has not publicly announced his plan for election night, though the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, have gone out of their way to hold virtual and socially distanced events.

Trump, meanwhile, has held a slew of in-person (and sometimes indoor) rallies seeking to reframe the public’s view of how he has handled the pandemic, even after he was diagnosed and hospitalized with coronavirus. 

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Most Sports Fans Won’t Attend Games Without Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Says

Spectator sports pondering a comeback in the coronavirus era got a harsh reality check in a new poll indicating that most fans will stay away.

In a Seton Hall University survey published Thursday, 72% of Americans said they would not attend games until a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is developed.

Only 13% said they would feel safe to attend under any circumstances, while 12% would go only if some form of social distancing was practiced.

The pandemic has decimated the sports calendar, shuttering Major League Baseball and the NBA indefinitely while postponing the Summer Olympics in Tokyo by a year. President Donald Trump conducted a conference call with sports officials last weekend to discuss the leagues’ potential return, but with a vaccine perhaps a year-and-a-half away, the prospect of luring back the faithful appears daunting ― at least according to the relatively small sample size of 762 Americans interviewed by phone in the poll. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.

Those who thought the NFL should not open its season if social distancing rules are still in effect numbered 70%.

For sports like baseball that are floating the idea of playing in empty stadiums, the poll revealed that 76% would watch the games on TV with the same enthusiasm as before.

One health expert wasn’t surprised by the poll results.

“It’s understandable that people may feel hesitant to attend sporting events or other crowded events, even if restrictions for social distancing are lifted,” Dr. Roberto Posada, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City, told HuffPost on Friday. “While we hope that an effective vaccine will be developed, the process for vaccine development is slow and may take 12-18 months in a best-case scenario. Predicting what this virus will do in the next year would be very difficult, indeed impossible, at this point in time.”

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