Republicans attending President Donald Trump’s August Congress are expected to take a ‘COVID-19 test at home’ before traveling, but organizers have still not made masks or social distance mandatory.
ABC News has received a planning note for the Republican National Convention, which will take place in part in Charlotte, North Carolina, but especially in Jacksonville, Florida after Trump fought with the Democratic Governor of North Carolina over coronavirus restrictions affecting the meeting.
Since last month’s decision to move cities, Florida has seen some of the biggest peaks in COVID-19 cases.
Republicans attending President Donald Trump’s Nomination Congress in August have been asked to take COVID-19 tests before traveling. However, masks and social distances are not mentioned in a newly obtained planning note
Republicans attending Republican National Convention are expected to take a ‘COVID-19 test at home’, as shown in the photo, before traveling to the meetings in Charlotte or Jacksonville
This year’s Republican National Convention is a long way from the crowded reception that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received in Cleveland in 2016, with organizers limiting the number of deputies and guests in the room
Organizers in Jacksonville, Florida plan to spread events through a number of locations, including the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, which usually hosts major concerts and sports gatherings
Other locations eligible for Republican National Convention events include the 121 Financial Ballpark, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball team
Republicans could also hold events at the Jacksonville Jaguars practice facility called the Daily’s Place Flex Field
And for great social distances, TIAA Bank Field, where the Jacksonville Jaguars play, can be used to host a number of Republican National Convention events
The Daily’s Place Amphitheater was also included in the list of locations where organizers are working to secure for Republican National Convention events
So for events in Jacksonville, referred to as the “ convention celebration, ” visitors have access to “on-site temperature controls, available personal protective equipment and aggressive disinfection protocols, and available COVID-19 tests.”
Masks and social distance were not mentioned in the nine-page memo, ABC News said.
“We will follow the local and national health guidelines that were in effect at the time of the convention,” it said.
Jacksonville organizers are also responding to the pandemic by spreading events in both indoor and outdoor locations.
The memo stated that Daily’s Place Flex Field, used by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a practice facility, TIAA Bank Field, where the Jaguars play, and Daily’s Place Amphitheater, the outdoor theater connected to the stadium, will host RNC events.
The guest committee has also publicly discussed the use of the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, a large concert hall, and the 121 Financial Ballpark, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball team, to host events.
Republicans, like the Democrats, also limit turnout.
While Democrats have advised that all of their delegates and democratic legislators stay at home and not attend their August Congress in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, republicans limit the presence of deputies and delegate guests in Jacksonville, ABC News reported.
The Associated Press reported that 336 delegates will be in Charlotte to conduct the official affairs of the Congress and be there for only one day.
They will cast proxy votes for more than 2,500 delegates.
The RNC will then take delegates to attend the Charlotte Congress to the Jacksonville “convention celebration” on the afternoon of August 24 — the day the four-day convention begins.
They will attend the four nights of programming in Jacksonville, with Trump accepting the Republican nomination on Thursday, August 27.