TRUMP’S MAR-A-LAGO RESORT WARNED OVER COVID MASK VIOLATIONS
President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club’s failure to enforce Palm Beach County’s mask wearing laws at its New Year’s Eve bash has resulted in a warning but no fine or other punishment.
The county sent a letter to the club’s manager, Bernd Lembcke, on Wednesday telling him that future violations of the county’s coronavirus ordinance could result in fines of up to $15,000 per violation.
Footage shows that few of the 500 guests wore masks as they crowded the dance floor while rapper Vanilla Ice, Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love and singer Taylor Dayne performed.
Todd Bonlarron, the county’s assistant administrator, said in the letter that while the club may have passed out masks to its guests, there was a breakdown in enforcement of the mask orders that led to almost the entire room of guests being without masks.
Palm Beach County has been hit hard by Covid-19, with more than 90,000 cases reported and nearly 2,000 deaths.