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Virginia health officials warn planned Trump rally poses health risk, violates coronavirus crowd limits

“With an estimated attendance of up to 4,000 people, the rally poses a concerning public health risk,” Natasha Dwamena, the director of the Hampton and Peninsula Health District, wrote to Richard Martinez, the general manager of Atlantic Aviation.

The letter warned that exceeding limits ordered by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) could result in misdemeanor charges and possible revocation of the firm’s business license. It also said that the state health commissioner could seek an injunction, but that would be after the fact and would not prevent the event from going forward.

A woman who answered the phone at Atlantic Aviation declined to take a message for Martinez, saying, “We have nothing to do with the event.” She said the event would be hosted by an organization called Spirit of Liberty, but she declined to provide contact information for that group.

State officials said Atlantic owns or holds the long-term

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