WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida has been partially closed after employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
This is evident for a number of reasons, including one familiar with club operations, who said Mar-a-Lago “partially closed” part of the club and quarantined some of its employees “out of caution”. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation by name.
An email to members indicated that service in the club’s dining room and beach club has been temporarily suspended because some staff had recently tested positive. The club had “taken all appropriate measures, including rehabilitation of the affected areas,” and the banquet and event services remained open.
“The health and safety of our members and employees is our top priority,” it says.
The Florida Department of Health did not immediately respond to a call and email.
Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago after leaving Washington in January and spent the weeks since then settling down, playing golf, dining with friends, meeting with Republican party leaders, and planning his political future while he’s considering running again in 2024.
Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19 last fall and has been vaccinated against the virus since then.
Mar-a-Lago was the site of its first known exposure more than a year ago. A senior Brazilian official tested positive last year After spending time in Mar-a-Lago, where he posed for a photo alongside Trump and attended a family birthday party.
The Trump White House has been hit by multiple subsequent outbreaks after breaking virus precautions by resisting the wearing of masks and continuing to hold major events.
The Palm Beach club has been bustling with activity and hosting events and fundraisers for the past few weeks, including one for rescue dogs. Trump unexpectedly dropped out of the event last week.
In January, Palm Beach County warned Mar-a-Lago management following a New Year’s Eve party that violated a regulation requiring employees and guests to wear masks. The video of the party, posted online by Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., revealed 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 . The club was told that future violations would result in fines of $ 15,000.
The former president was not present at the party. ___
Spencer reported from Fort Lauderdale. Associate press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.