New Hampshire Gov. Sununu calls masks ‘imperative’ at Trump rally

Granite State Gov. Chris Sununu said it’s “imperative” that people planning on attending President Trump’s rally Saturday wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump is set to hold a rally in Portsmouth beginning at 8 p.m.

“As Governor I will always welcome the President of the United States to New Hampshire,” Sununu said in a statement. “I am pleased to see the campaign will be handing out face masks and hand sanitizer to all attendees, as has been true at all public gatherings in NH where social distancing is hard to maintain. It is imperative that folks attending the rally wear masks.”

The July 11 “Make America Great Again” rally will be at the International Airport at Pease.

“From the outset of this pandemic, the State has not stopped or prevented individuals from peacefully assembling, including marches led by Black Lives Matter and protests from Reopen NH,” reads a statement from the governor’s office.

It will Trump’s first time in New Hampshire since his primary eve rally in Manchester in February. Trump also came to Manchester last August.

Sununu’s schedule is still being finalized for Saturday, according to the statement from his office.

“In the past, the Governor has greeted the President upon arrival at the airport,” the office wrote. “If the Governor greets the President at the airport, he will be wearing a mask.”

At the rally, the Trump campaign said there will be “ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear.”

The online registration page also includes a coronavirus clause that reads, “In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; Portsmouth International Airport at Pease; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury.”

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