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Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash compliant with COVID rules, source says
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Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash compliant with COVID rules, source says

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he attends a session of the Gathering of Rising Leaders in the Asia Pacific, organized by the Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Dec. 13, 2019.

Former President Barack Obama will celebrate his 60th birthday this weekend with a party in Martha's Vineyard, with many COVID-19 safety protocols in place amid heightened concerns over the Delta variant, a source familiar with the planning told CNN.

The event on Friday, which will be held outside and will reportedly have roughly 700 people, will follow all U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health protocols, the source said. There will be testing for guests and a COVID safety coordinator on site.

Martha's Vineyard, in Dukes County, Massachusetts, is currently designated by the CDC as an area of "moderate" COVID-19 community spread.

The CDC has only recommended mask wearing indoors for areas of "high" and "substantial" transmission, which includes nearly two-thirds of all U.S. counties.

Obama's birthday is Wednesday, Aug. 4. The Hill was first to report on the former president's big birthday bash.

The Obamas vacationed on Martha's Vineyard for almost every year of Obama's presidency. The former first family in 2019 reportedly bought a 29-acre property on the island that was listed for nearly $12 million.

Massachusetts has a high vaccination rate. But this July Fourth holiday, Provincetown, Massachusetts, also on the Cape, was the site of a large outbreak of breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated people, prompting the CDC to change its face mask recommendations.

In lieu of gifts for the former president, guests are being asked to consider giving to programs that work to support boys and young men of color and their families in the United States, empower adolescent girls around the world, and equip the next generation of emerging community leaders including the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, the Girls Opportunity Alliance, or the Obama Foundation's Global Leadership programs, the source added.

Pearl Jam is expected to give a performance, bringing one local hairdresser along for styling purposes.

The Hill confirmed that President Joe Biden will not be attending the party.

Tribune News Service contributed to this report.


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