Republican party officials have sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper requesting his urgent approval of a series of safety protocols for a key GOP convention, including thermal scans and “aggressive sanitizing,” so the event can be held safely and organized in a timely way.
“President Trump and the Republican National Committee want to hold a safe and successful 2020 Republican National Convention in the impressive City of Charlotte and the great State of North Carolina,” wrote the Republican National Committee chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, and the president of the convention committee, Marcia Lee Kelly, in the letter to Cooper, requesting a “partner in leadership to make this happen.”
McDaniel and Kelly gave Cooper a June 3 deadline to provide additional safety measures that he would need for state authorities to greenlight the event, adding, “time is of the essence.”
Republicans are excited to renominate @realDonaldTrump in Charlotte!@Marcialeekelly and I just sent a letter to Gov. Cooper asking for assurances and clear guidelines that will allow our convention to proceed. pic.twitter.com/ZUwvTINGBf
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 29, 2020
The letter seeks Coopers approval for eight measures the event organizers propose to reduce the risk of spreading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, the novel coronavirus that emerged from China late last year and causes COVID-19. The measures include pre-travel health surveys, daily health care questionnaires, making anti-bacterial gel widely available, aggressive sanitizing of public zones, and “thermal scans of all mandatory attendees prior to boarding sanitized, pre-arranged transportation.”
The two signatories added that without “solid guidelines” and “full commitment” from state authorities for an in-person event, they will be unable to proceed with its organization.
The planned convention, at which the GOP will officially nominate President Donald Trump as its candidate in the November election, has been buffeted by uncertainty due to the pandemic.
Cooper, a Democrat, has taken a more cautious approach to reopening than Republican governors in neighboring states. He said the GOP convention would be treated like any other major event and decisions about how it could be held would be subject to infection-related data.
“This is not political. This is not emotional. This is based on health experts, data and science and thats it for everybody to see,” Cooper told CNN. “No one is being favored or disfavored over the other.”
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