Mar-a-Lago hosted large parties before a COVID-19 outbreak, and the resort has another planned this weekend

  • Trump’s Mar-a-Lago will host a 500-person event on Sunday, The Daily Beast reported. 
  • The site was partially shut down on Friday after workers tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Images from the past week at the resort show maskless parties with no social distancing.
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Several large parties were held at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where attendees didn’t wear masks or properly socially distance in the days before the resort was partially closed because of a COVID-19 outbreak, The Daily Beast reported. 

Now, a 500-person fundraiser for the charity Place of Hope scheduled for Sunday — a $375-a-head, invite-only party — will still take place at the Trump resort. 

A Trump organization spokesman confirmed to Insider on Friday that the facility was partially closed following a coronavirus outbreak. Service at the Beach Club and à la carte Dining Room were closed after some staff reportedly tested positive for the virus. 

Members received an email that said the club had taken “all appropriate response measures,” and sanitized affected areas,” according to a report by The Associated Press. Banquet and event services however remained open. 

Palm Beach realtor Valentina Aved, who helped organize the Sunday event, told the Daily Beast it will feature vintage cars, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and “everybody playing by the pool.”

“It will be a very exciting event,” she told The Daily Beast. “The most beautiful cars, people, good friends.”

The event will be held outside following the outbreak. 

Insider has reached out to Aved and the Trump Organization for comment. 

Aved also told The Daily Beast that she attended two large events over the last week to raise funds for Big Dog Ranch Rescue, for which Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump serves as a chair. The two events were hosted in the Grand Ballroom, and images from the events show few attendees wearing masks or socially distancing. 

Images and videos from the event show women screaming as a male model walked down the runway and in others Trump himself can be seen hugging people and maskless. 

Miami philanthropist Angela Bird, who is a board member for the Big Dog Ranch Rescue, told the Beast that no one who attended the events tested positive for COVID-19.

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