Jacksonville, Fla., new GOP convention site, makes mask-wearing mandatory

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AdvertisementOfficial business will still take place in Charlotte with contracts to be fulfilled, but Jacksonville will be the site of speeches and the more TV friendly aspects of the convention.

The City of Jacksonville, the host city of President Trump's upcoming nomination celebration, issued a mask mandate, effective Monday after 5 p.m.

Trump and his campaign initially sought out Jacksonville upon leaving the planned site of Charlotte, N.C. after the president expressed frustration over not being able to pack the city's arena for the GOP Convention.

It remains unclear if the mask mandate will remain in effect through the Republican National Convention in August.

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Florida site of GOP convention orders wearing of masks

"The event is still two months away, and we are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available PPE, aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available Covid-19 testing", Merritt said. "We have a great working relationship with local leadership in Jacksonville and the state of Florida, and we will continue to coordinate with them in the months ahead".

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is running a new television ad commending people in his state for following the advice of medical professionals and wearing masks, as top Republicans pressure President Donald Trump to encourage Americans to wear them to limit the spread of coronavirus. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez last week imposed a rule requiring residents to wear masks even in outdoor settings to little avail.

Trump did not wear a mask at his recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and did not require attendees of the event at the indoor arena to wear masks. The move comes after Florida experienced a surge in the number of daily new coronavirus cases. The state experienced a new high of 9,585 confirmed cases on Saturday, surpassing Friday's high of 8,942.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked Monday about Jacksonville's order.


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