Motorcycle Rally In Sturgis Draws Thousands Of Largely Unmasked Bikers

Motorcycle Rally In Sturgis Draws Thousands Of Largely Unmasked Attendees

Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally To Be Held Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
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Some shirts at the event, which didn’t require masks, read ‘Screw Covid I went to Sturgis’

As COVID-19 cases surpass five million in the U.S. — and deaths exceed 162K, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine — tens of thousands of motorcyclists rode into South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — most of which were unmasked and not following social distancing guidelines.

“No, we didn’t take any precautions,” Rally attendee Jim Busch told the New York Times, adding that he thinks the coronavirus pandemic, which he refers to as a “situation,” is “manufactured. “There’s ulterior motives behind this, so we’re not concerned.”

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a 10-day event that is estimated to attract about 250,000 attendees this year. While this number is half of last year’s attendance, it’s still a shockingly large event amid a global pandemic — and, according to the Times, among the country’s largest public gatherings since the start of the pandemic in the U.S.

Photos and videos from the event show a sea of largely unmasked crowds, many wearing Trump 2020 gear and shirts that read “Screw Covid I went to Sturgis.”

There was also a larger-than-life float dedicated to Trump.

Masks were not required at the event in South Dakota, one of several states that didn’t put in place a lockdown.

“We provided them all with masks. Some of them choose to wear them, some of them don’t,” local business owner Debbie Mortimer tells TODAY. The event did, however, provide hand sanitizer stations.

The event also boasts a long lineup of musical guests, including last night’s performers the Guess Who and Chancey Williams. Also on the lineup are Smash Mouth, Buckcherry, Lit, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and more. While headliners were seen performing outside, concerts were also held indoors in bars, including Full Throttle Saloon seen below.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attendees in bar
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