Trump's Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to COVID outbreak


Former president Donald Trump's Florida resort Mar-a-Lago has been partially closed after some members of staff tested positive for the coronavirus, U.S. media reported Friday. A woman who answered the phone at Mar-a-Lago said "no comment" and hung up when asked if the club was open.

A person familiar with club operations said that, out of an abundance of caution, the club had partially closed a section "for a short period of time" and quarantined some of its workers.

An email sent to members said that service had been temporarily suspended in the club's dining room and at its beach club because some staff members had recently tested positive.

As AP reports, Trump's first exposure to the virus occurred in Mar-a-Lago when Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's communications director, Fábio Wajngarten tested positive in early March 2021.

US President Donald Trump makes a video call to the troops stationed worldwide at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, December 24, 2019.

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Trump was hospitalized with COVID last fall and has since been vaccinated against the virus.

Mar-a-Lago is partially closed as of Friday over an apparent covid outbreak.

A senior Brazilian official tested positive past year after spending time at Mar-a-Lago, where he posed for a photo next to Mr Trump and attended a family birthday party.

Both outlets observe that Mar-a-Lago has played host to a number of events in the past few weeks where guests did not concern themselves with mask-wearing or social distancing. It also warns of a potential $15,000 fine for each infraction.

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