Aug 8, 2020 - Health

In photos: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally celebrates 80 years amid coronavirus

A motorcyclist driving in Sturgis on Aug. 7.
A motorcyclist driving in Sturgis on Aug. 7. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Thousands of motorcyclists have gathered in Sturgis, South Dakota, this week to celebrate the 80th Motorcycle Rally despite the coronavirus pandemic, AP reports.

Why it matters: Local residents fear the crowds could create a “super-spreader” event because the state government has not implemented limits on indoor crowds or mask mandates, and Gov. Kristi Noem (R) has encouraged people from around the U.S. to travel to the state. Organizers reportedly expect 250,000 people to rumble into town during the 10-day affair.

People cheer during a concert in a saloon on August 7.
People cheer during a concert in a saloon on Aug. 7. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
Motorcyclists in Sturgis on Aug. 7.
Motorcyclists in Sturgis on Aug. 7. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
People cheering while watching a band perform in Sturgis on Aug. 7.
People cheering while watching a band perform in Sturgis on Aug. 7.
People outside a tattoo parlor in Sturgis on Aug. 7.
People outside a tattoo parlor in Sturgis on Aug. 7. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
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