There are no plans to enforce social distancing at President Donald Trump’s Independence Day weekend event at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. More than 7,000 people are expected to attend.
Republican South Dakota governor Kristi Noem said of the attendees: “We’re asking them to come, be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this country.” She told Fox News host Laura Ingraham, “We won’t be social distancing.”
Ms. Noem recently shared a photo of her July 4th hat (see above) and captioned it: “Boom. I’ve got my July 4th hat 🇺🇸♥️👏🏼💥.” It’s made locally and is called the Merica Trucker Hat. The 48-year-old, who was sworn in as governor in January 2019, is the first woman in South Dakota history to hold that office.
In the video above, dated March 19, Noem said: “As South Dakotans, we all have a responsibility to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. We can reduce exposure by practicing social distancing and good hygiene.”