None of the guests could be seen wearing masks, or social distancing within the shared videos - defying the recommendations of Palm Beach County, Florida, health officials. At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, a birthday party held for Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, ended up being an event where many attendees contracted COVID-19.The New York Times published an article highlighting the New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago and some of the attendees, at least one of whom has claimed they faced threats within the community after they ran the story."My fiancé & I had to leave our home this evening with our four dogs thanks to the New York Times publishing of my Instagram showing me attending the Mar-A-Lago New Year’s Eve party," said George Santos, who intends to run for New York's third district in 2022. "My fiancé a pharmacist who worked 12h/7days shifts for 9 months was fired! The violence against us is real.
New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Lago during deadly pandemic pic.twitter.com/oICbuJzpH1— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) January 1, 2021
Others have called out the congressmen who were pictured at the event, suggesting they should not be allowed to attend the congressional hearing set to certify Biden's presidency on January 6."Any member of Congress who attended the mostly mask-less Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party shouldn’t be allowed to go in person to the joint session on January 6," said co-founder of the Democratic Coalition Scott Dworkin.
My fiancé & I had to leave our home this evening with our 4 dogs thanks to the @nytimes publishing of my Instagram showing me attending the #MarALago New Year’s Eve party. My fiancé a pharmacist who worked 12h/7days shifts for 9 months was fired! The violence against us is real.— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) January 3, 2021
Florida Rep. Omari Hardy is calling on the Palm Beach municipality to shut down the Mar-a-Lago resort for flouting health restrictions set for businesses. “I am calling on Palm Beach County to fine Mar-a-Lago and to shut it down," Hardy said in a statement, according to CBS. "The county must be assured that this business will comply with our local mask mandate before it is allowed to reopen.""Mar-a-Lago is a club. A club is a business. Businesses must abide by Palm Beach County's mask order, or be fined or even shut down," he added on Twitter. "We knew that Trump was hosting a New Year's party. I'll be reaching out to folks at @pbcgov to ask why we weren't ready to enforce the mandate here."Reuters contributed to this report.
Any Member of Congress who attended the mostly mask-less Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party shouldn’t be allowed to go in person to the joint session on January 6th. Below are photos of Rep Gaetz and Senator Rand Paul at the party with no masks on. pic.twitter.com/Qw6BWSuxiB— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 1, 2021