Jacksonville Mayor Says Safety Will Be Put First as Republicans Plan to Hold Convention in FL

Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry (R) is insisting safety precautions are a top priority as the Republican National Committee (RNC) prepares to hold its upcoming convention in his city this summer.

During a briefing with reporters, Curry discussed the convention, noting President Donald Trump and the committee’s intent on holding the event at full capacity. However, Curry is guaranteeing safety will be a priority “if COVID-19 presents challenges.”

“Clearly, the RNC wants a large event with a lot of people,” Curry told reporters on Friday morning. “I want that too… If Covid-19 presents challenges, we will put the safety of people first.”

While Curry insists safety protocols will be enforced, he also indicated that it’s too early to detail what those precautions will look like.

“We will adapt and react accordingly and make sure this convention is a smooth, secure and safe event for everyone,” Curry said.

Curry’s remarks come as the president prepares to hit the road again for public events and campaign rallies.

Trump and the RNC decided not to hold the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina due to ongoing clashes with Gov. Roy Cooper (D) over safety protocols and social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, as previously reported on IJR.

While Cooper initially agreed to allow the RNC to move forward with the conference, he also stressed the importance of implementing social distancing measures to decrease the chances of further spreading the virus.

However, Trump made it clear on multiple occasions that he had no intention to scale down the event, despite the pandemic, as previously reported on IJR.

The discussions and decision to relocate the convention also come amid the release of a disclaimer from Trump’s re-election campaign.

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For his upcoming rallies, attendees are required to register online and agree to the terms of the disclaimer acknowledging that they are aware that attendance could mean risking exposure to COVID-19.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled for  Aug. 24 through Aug. 27.

Responses

  1. Trump and Jax mayor have NO IDEA OF WHAT THIS VIRUS CAN AND DOES DO. NONE. THEY ARE POLITICAL HACKS. They’ll end up being (are already) murderers via Covid of our people.

    1. THEY.DON’T.CARE!

      The point is not to protect the people and get back to what we used to call normality. The point is to keep the con going.

  2. “we will put the safety of people first.” Mayor Curry

    With up to 19,000 in that enclosed tinderbox, how do you plan on doing that?

    Are you going to swab and read the temperature of everyone going into the building, as they hand in their signed waivers?

    1. Even that won’t help. Coronavirus can be passed by asymtomatic carriers.

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