The event on Friday, which will be held outside, will follow all US 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, 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 US counties.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Obama’s party on Monday, insisting during a press briefing that the former President’s team had numerous safety protocols in place for the event.
Noting that Obama “has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated,” Psaki, who had worked in his administration, said: “What CDC has provided guidance on is for indoor settings and higher substantial high zones of Covid cases. This event … is outdoors, and in a moderate zone.”
“Maybe there are some immunocompromised people there, who though they are vaccinated, are not fully protected, the dynamic changes. There will be need for common sense there,” he said.
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.
This story has been updated with comments from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Nikki Carvajal and Devan Cole contributed to this report.