- President Trump is still hosting his annual New Year’s Eve party at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, despite the coronovirus epidemic.
- A long-time member of Mar-a-Lago told CNN this week that at least 500 reservations have been confirmed so far.
- The lavish end-of-year party is a Trump family tradition, for which high-profile guests have previously paid thousands to attend.
- It is unclear whether any coronovirus guidelines will apply.
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President Trump plans to end the year in style as preparations for his annual New Year’s Eve run at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida go well.
The grand black-tie event, where attendees paid $ 1,000-per-ticket in 2019, is a Trump family tradition dating back to 2000.
While there has been no confirmation of guests attending the party to be held later this year, a long-time member of Mar-a-Lago told CNN on Tuesday that at least 500 reservations had been made so far .
It is not clear whether any coronovirus guidelines will apply or whether guests will follow them.
The New Year’s party is attended by the first president’s family, celebrities and Republican big-wigs, including Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
In 2018, the president could not attend due to the government shutdown, however, First Lady Melania Trump put the show on without her husband.
The president has spent the 2020 holiday closing between the White House and his newly-renovated Palm Beach luxury residence, mostly playing golf and tweeting about the stimulus investigation.
Despite the ongoing epidemic, activities at the Mar-a-Lago resort are in full swing, with one member telling CNN that the beach club area by the pool is so crowded that guests are arguing over available chairs.
“People are going to dinner as usual,” according to CNN, adding that the source “has little connection to the epidemic.”
Coronovirus cases will occur on New Year’s Eve and deaths will continue to occur across the country.
At the time of writing, more than 19.5 million people have contracted coronavirus in the United States. According to a tracker at Johns Hopkins University, about 340,000 people have died from it.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there were more than 12,000 coronavirus cases and 105 virus-related deaths in Florida on Tuesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned this week that the country is currently in an important place and is yet to come to the worst.
“We can very well see the aftermath of a seasonal – in the sense of Christmas, New Year’s – rise, and as I describe it as a boom on a boom,” Fauci Told CNN.