About 500 people gathered at an horse auction in Iowa despite the ban on public events
Nearly five hundred people came to a horse auction in Wayne County in southern Iowa. This event was postponed several times, but this time even a pandemic and the threat of being infected with an incurable virus did not stop those who wanted to get a horse.
There are currently restrictions on mass gatherings of more than 10 people across the state.
According to official information, the auction was held with the support of the Department of Health, which installed checkpoints around the perimeter.
Despite so many people attending the auction, many of whom came from other states, no new cases of coronavirus infection in Wayne County have yet been received.
The event's organizer, Ura Gingerich, defended the event, citing an early move to Ohio, the Associated Press reports.
At the same time, the public condemned the inaction of local authorities and, in particular, the governor, who allowed the auction to be held in the midst of a pandemic in the United States.
This HORSE auction happened in Iowa today! “Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday livestock auctions are exempt from social gathering guidelines because they are part of the food chain supply.” 488 people went to this completely unnecessary gathering. Gov. Kimmy is failing us. pic.twitter.com/F9FODaX0ff— Rayban Chick (@RaybanChick) April 2, 2020
Hey @KimReynoldsIA when did Horses become part of the food chain in Iowa? Why are nearly 500 people allowed for gather for an auction? Please issue a #ShelterInPlace to stop this stupidity. https://t.co/PrakJLQ3Ab— Denise Coleman (@dcoleman626) April 2, 2020