Mar-a-Lago — former President Donald Trump’s Florida club and home — has temporarily shuttered some services after members of the staff contracted Covid-19, the Associated Press and CNN reported Friday, in the latest coronavirus outbreak to hit Trump’s orbit.
Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
The private Palm Beach club shut down service in its dining room and its beachfront complex after some staff caught the coronavirus, according to an email to members obtained by CNN (the Associated Press also reported part of the club is closed).
The club still offers banquet and event services, the email said.
Spokespeople for the Trump Organization and Trump’s post-presidential office did not immediately respond to questions from Forbes.
“We are taking this measure out of an abundance of caution, like other clubs in our area impacted by COVID-19,” the email to members said.
Over the last year, Trump has faced repeated brushes with Covid-19, and he was himself hospitalized for the disease. One of his first encounters with the coronavirus took place at Mar-a-Lago last March, when a spokesperson for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro met with the former president and later tested positive, a close call the White House shrugged off at the time. His raucous, largely maskless campaign rallies were blamed for local spikes in infections. Dozens of Trump staffers and supporters tested positive after attending a large Rose Garden nomination celebration for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, an event federal infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci called a “superspreader.” And Trump campaign attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the virus in December, after the duo crisscrossed the country to promote baseless claims of voter fraud.
Trump and his wife, Melania, were both vaccinated at the White House in January, even though the former president insisted his own bout with the virus last fall left him immune.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to COVID outbreak (Associated Press)
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