Rick Scott asserted Monday morning that if Republicans move their convention to Florida, he expects the massive crowds to wear masks and practice social distancing.
‘You have to do this safely. People need to wear masks. They need to social distance. You need to do this in a manner no one gets sick,’ Scott told CNBC when Squawk Box host John Kernan asked what a Republican National Convention would look like if it were moved to Jacksonville.
The Republican Florida senator said he wants the convention to be moved to Florida from the original location in Charlotte, North Carolina.
‘Let’s try to get back to normal as fast as possible, but let’s do it in a safe manner,’ Scott said. ‘We go to do this safely so we don’t continue to see this uptick in the number of cases.’
Florida Senator Rick Scott claimed Monday morning that he will require people to wear masks and practice social distancing at the Republican National Convention in August
‘People need to wear masks. They need to social distance. You need to do this in a manner no one gets sick,’ Scott told CNBC
Attendees at Trump’s comeback rally in Tulsa Saturday night were given masks and hand sanitizer as they entered the arena
But the president wants his coronation speech for his renomination to be to a full arena with no coronavirus restrictions
Earlier this month, the RNC announced it was moving its marquee events – including Trump’s coronation speech as the official nominee – to Jacksonville, Florida.
‘You have – I mean, look, I would like everything in Florida, obviously I’m the senator from Florida, I’d like everything here,’ Scott said. ‘But, you have to do this safely.’
Florida has widely reopened, with many areas no longer requiring masks.
But more condensed areas like Miami were forced to slow down reopening after it experienced a resurgence spike in cases upon slowing down restrictions.
Some of the much smaller convention events will still take place in North Carolina so the RNC can avoid getting sued for breaking contractual obligations to hold the convention there.
The RNC is requesting Charlotte to ‘refrain from incurring any additional costs that are no longer necessary as a result of the scaled-down convention that we will host in Charlotte, including hotel rooms, venues, transportation, and security.’
The move occurred after North Carolina Democrats, including Governor Roy Cooper, refused to allow the RNC to fill a stadium with the big crowds Trump desired for his acceptance speech as the nominee.
The president said earlier this month that he had ‘no choice’ but to move the convention to another location.
‘We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville,’ said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Juen 12. ‘Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump’s heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020.’
‘We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boom to the Sunshine State in just a few short months,’ she continued.
Trump and first lady Melania moved their permanent residence from New York to Florida last year.
Democrats in North Carolina, including Governor Roy Cooper (pictured), would not allow the president his desired massive celebration
The RNC said that the celebration of Trump’s re-nomination would likely take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
Although Trump wants the convention to go forward without any restrictions, his campaign did hand out face masks and hand sanitizer to those attending his comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night.
They also took the temperature of all those attempting to enter the stadium.
When news hit of the RNC change of location, Charlotte Host 2020 said it is ‘devastating news for the thousands of people who live in our community and work at our hotels, entertainment venues and small businesses expecting a boost from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.’
‘Our good faith efforts to carry out our obligations under agreements made two years ago have been met with broken promises and disregard of the significant commitment from many partners across our region,’ the committee continued. ‘We need to stop pretending there’s any part of the convention that will remain in Charlotte. Unfortunately, the convention has moved to Jacksonville due to decisions beyond our control.’