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The city of Henderson, Nevada, has reportedly fined a company $3,000 for hosting a 5,600-person indoor rally for President Trump.

Xtreme Manufacturing was slapped with the fines over six violations pertaining to the state’s coronavirus regulations, which currently bar all gatherings above 50 people, the local Fox affiliate reported.

The city had warned of impending penalties ahead of the president’s rally held on Sept. 13.

“The City of Henderson advised Xtreme Manufacturing that an event planned for Sept. 13 at their facility must comply with the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives to not gather in groups larger than 50 people, require the use of face coverings and practice social distancing,” the city said in a statement to the station.

“During the event, a compliance officer observed six violations of the directives and the City’s Business Operations Division has issued a Business License Notice of Violation to Xtreme Manufacturing and assessed a penalty of $3,000.”

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak at the time said Trump was being “reckless and selfish” to stage the event and put people at risk to the virus.

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“This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves. It’s also a direct threat to all of the recent progress we’ve made, and could potentially set us back,” Sisolak tweeted Sunday night.

Trump and Xtreme Manufacturing’s owner, Trump supporter Don Ahern, have argued that the rally is an exercise of First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly. Ahern is suing the state over its COVID-19 restrictions, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“I believe it is my patriotic duty to do what is right for our country and what is right is supporting President Donald J. Trump,” Ahern said at a news conference after the rally, according to the paper.

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Las Vegas Area Bars Reopen After 10-Week Shutdown

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Patrons showed up at bars in and round Las Vegas to celebrate their reopening after weeks of a coronavirus-driven shut down.

Customers came late Sunday just before midnight eager to sit at a favorite bar including establishments inside restaurants and casinos. But most bars saw light foot traffic as they must follow social distancing guidelines and limited capacity rules.

The Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force agreed last week to relax the last of the bar closure orders that Gov. Steve Sisolak re-imposed July 10. The order limited social gatherings where alcohol is served in coronavirus pandemic hot spots around the state.

Taverns, bars, breweries, distilleries and wineries were allowed in the Reno-Sparks area were allowed to reopen last week, following a previous task force decision.

Nightclubs and other entertainment venues remain closed, although Sisolak has said he will review coronavirus directives. Those include a 50-person cap on public gatherings and a 50% capacity limit at businesses including casinos.

State health officials on Sunday reported 385 new positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada along with three additional deaths.

That increases the statewide totals to 75,804 cases and 1,531 deaths since the pandemic began.

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