Last year’s contact tracer reported 649 cases of COVID-19 from all over the country associated with the Sturges rally, one of whom died.
Sioux Falls, SD — A large number of bikers roaring towards the Black Hills, South Dakota this week, unleashing the COVID-19 infection among the 700,000 people expected to participate in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. There is growing concern about this.
The rally, which begins on Friday, has become a paradise for those who are eager to escape coronavirus precautions. Last year, the rally barely slowed down, with about 460,000 people attending. The mask was almost thrown away Bikers flock to bars, tattoo parlors, rock shows, We offer lessons on how large rallies can spread the virus wave nationwide.
This year (the 81st repeat of the rally) is expected to grow even larger, attracting people from both inside and outside the United States, despite concerns about the extremely high transmission of the virus. Delta variant.
“It’s great to see a party of hundreds of thousands of people,” said Zoltan Valli of Larry Gore, who settled in the campsite on Tuesday after a trek from Hungary.
He wanted to return to a Harley-Davidson ride through the Black Hills after he went missing last year. Vali circumvented restrictions on US tourism in Europe by spending two weeks in Costa Rica before going to South Dakota. He wants one million people to appear. A typical attendance is about 500,000.
The city of Sturges, a sleepy community of less than 7,000 people, tried to quell things by canceling most of the city’s events and promotions last year, but a bunch of bikers appeared anyway.
“The rally is huge and can’t be stopped,” said local Carol Ferner, who was worried that this year’s event could lead to new incidents. “I feel absolutely helpless.”
This year, the city is accepting crowds. Republican Governor Kristi Noem gives her blessing to the rally and appears on a charity ride. According to the State Department, the event is a boon to the tourism industry, with sales of over $ 800 million.