Site of Republican Nominating Convention to Require Mask Wearing in Public


The city of Jacksonville, Florida, is implementing a mask-wearing mandate for residents and visitors amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

In a tweet on Monday, the city said, “At 5 p.m. today, the City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance.”

“Please continue to practice personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus,” the tweet added.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it would re-locate its summer nominating convention to Jacksonville from Charlotte, North Carolina, over a disagreement with that state’s governor over coronavirus restrictions, as IJR reported.

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In May, President Donald Trump warned that he would re-locate the convention if North Carolina did not allow the event to proceed without restrictions.

After North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) advised the RNC that it should plan for a “scaled-down” convention, Trump vowed to move the event.

And earlier in June, the RNC revealed that it had chosen Jacksonville to host the convention.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, “We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boon to the Sunshine State in just a few short months.”

Shortly after that announcement, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (R) said, “We will adapt and react accordingly and make sure this convention is a smooth, secure, and safe event for everyone.”

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