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RNC to host upcoming Jacksonville convention that ‘fully complies’ with health regulations

The Republican National Committee is planning to host its 2020 convention in Jacksonville, Florida, in line with mask-wearing guidelines in place at the time in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The city late Monday announced that it will be mandating people wear masks indoors and where it may be difficult to social…

RNC to host upcoming Jacksonville convention that ‘fully complies’ with health regulations

The Republican National Committee is planning to host its 2020 convention in Jacksonville, Florida, in line with mask-wearing guidelines in place at the time in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The city late Monday announced that it will be mandating people wear masks indoors and where it may be difficult to social distance in public areas.

“The RNC is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time,” an RNC spokesperson said in a statement Monday evening.

They explained that organizers are preparing to enforce health precautions for the August convention including temperature checks on convention-goers, “aggressive” sanitizing measures and making personal protective equipment available.

“We have a great working relationship with local leadership in Jacksonville and the state of Florida,” the spokesperson added, “and we will continue to coordinate with them in the months ahead.”

Earlier this month, the committee announced that President Trump will accept the Republican Party’s nomination in Jacksonville, Florida, after it moved its celebration from North Carolina in a standoff with the Democratic governor over coronavirus restrictions.

The event, two years in the making, will take place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville, site of RNC meetup, mandates mask-wearing in public

The Florida city of Jacksonville, the new home of the Republican National Convention in August, is ordering people to wear masks indoors and in public places where they cannot practice social distancing. City officials said the order is mandatory and will take effect at 5 p.m. Monday. “The City of Jacksonville will be adopting a…

Jacksonville, site of RNC meetup, mandates mask-wearing in public

The Florida city of Jacksonville, the new home of the Republican National Convention in August, is ordering people to wear masks indoors and in public places where they cannot practice social distancing.

City officials said the order is mandatory and will take effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

“The City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance,” the city tweeted Monday. “Please continue to practice personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus.”

The decision comes as Florida and other states across the Sun Belt see an alarming uptick in cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Masks are considered a simple but effective tool for blocking potentially infectious droplets that people emit when speaking, singing, coughing or sneezing.

The RNC decided to transfer much of its convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper pushed back on Republicans’ push to hold the convention and President Trump’s big speech without social distancing in the venue.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Mr. Trump believes mask-wearing should be a personal choice. But he also thinks people should follow local rules.

“He encourages people to make whatever decision is best for their safety, but he did say to me he has no problem with masks and to do whatever your local jurisdiction requests of you,” she said.

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