Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum (R) on Thursday, June 18, enacted a curfew for the area surrounding the BOK Center where supporters of President Donald Trump have already amassed outside of the arena two days before he is set to hold a campaign rally expected to draw at least 100,000 people.
“As part of our preparations for President Trump’s Rally this Saturday, we are working on making the area secure for everyone’s safety,” the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement, reported Breitbart News.
“In an effort to start clearing the area, Mayor GT Bynum has signed Executive Order 2020-11 which places a curfew for the area in the map,” the statement read.
The curfew started at 10 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, June 20.
“After the rally there is a continued curfew from Saturday, June 20, 2020 until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2020,” the police department said.
The campaign rally is scheduled for Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST. However, the president’s supporters have been seen lining the street since Monday.
“We want to show our support,” Robin Stites, who’s been camped out since Monday, told The Oklahoman newspaper. “We feel like President Trump and his family have dedicated their lives to helping our country. Sacrificing a week of our lives is nothing for what Trump has done for us.”
Trump supporters camp out in Tulsa, Oklahoma ahead of his campaign rally, set to be the biggest indoor event in the country since pandemic restrictions were imposed in March pic.twitter.com/oF1piQYhGV
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 19, 2020
In one video, a family is captured singing re-election songs to entertained their fellow Trump supporters.
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) June 18, 2020
The Trump campaign decided to reschedule the rally from June 19 to June 20 to avoid overlapping with Juneteenth Holiday. The campaign rally has faced criticism from politicians and news outlets over CCP Virus (coronavirus) concerns. An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit seeking to block the rally out of concerns that it could be a “super spreader event.”
Bynum, the first-term mayor of Tulsa said that he had no plans to postpone the rally, which was pushed by critics but he won’t attend the rally either.
“Do I share anxiety about having a full house at the BOK Center? Of course,” Bynum said. “As someone who is cautious by nature, I don’t like to be the first to try anything. I would have loved some other city to have proven the safety of such an event already.”
Meanwhile, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said the state is ready to “get life back to normal” and Oklahomans are excited to have the president on Saturday.
The Trump campaign said rallygoers will receive temperature checks, hand sanitizers, and masks at the event.