Former President Barack Obama , who turns 60 on 4 August, is reportedly planning to host a birthday party for himself on his nearly 30-acre property in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama purchased the mansion in 2019 purportedly for $11.75 million.
“It’s going to be big,” a source was cited by The Hill as saying, as reports suggest dozens of friends will be invited to the gathering, with celebrities like talk show host Oprah Winfrey and actor George Clooney tipped to be among the guests.
Coming on the heels of recently updated federal mask guidance amid precautions prompted by the more-transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19, guests will reportedly be asked to take a coronavirus test and be vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on 27 July that vaccinated people in high-transmission areas should resume wearing face coverings.
#DeltaVariant surging in U.S. New data show Delta much more contagious than previous versions of #COVID19 . Unvaccinated people: get vaccinated & mask until you do. Everyone in areas of substantial/high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated. https://t.co/tt49zOEC8N
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 27, 2021
If you are fully vaccinated, your risk of infection is lower, but some people can still spread the Delta variant. When "breakthrough cases" of #COVID19 do occur in vaccinated people, nearly all are avoiding serious illness, hospitalization, or death. https://t.co/tt49zOn1hf pic.twitter.com/k5OQkqVpl4
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 31, 2021
Massachusetts has also recommended that some vaccinated individuals wear face masks in public in response to threats of "Delta".
“If you have a serious health condition or risk of developing a severe illness from COVID, you should take extra precautions. If you have a close friend or family members who have a serious health condition or a serious risk of developing a severe disease or illness from COVID, you should take extra precautions,” said Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
Crowds on social media fumed over the "hypocritical" decision to throw what they deemed might potentially become a "superspreader" event.
This is why we don't know what to believe Rich Democrats seem to think its alright to party
— tony browning (@tonybro79528368) August 2, 2021
Super spreader event – omfg !!!!
— Grant Jones Jr (@GR13579Z) August 1, 2021
Masks & lockdowns are for the proles https://t.co/a5SqtWdjK4
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) August 2, 2021
This is unbelievable, and so irresponsible. Holding a super spreader event, in the middle of a pandemic. People are dying. Come on, do better.
— Jake Stull (@PoliticsInChief) August 1, 2021
They need to cancel this.
— William F. Tell (@MuseSeeking) August 1, 2021
“All guests are asked to be vaccinated.” Why not require it, and proof? Also, I’ve never understood adults who need to throw themselves birthday parties. https://t.co/lyd9RVYkhS
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 2, 2021
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