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Jacksonville to require face masks to slow rising coronavirus cases less than 2 months before GOP convention

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 21: Aerial views of VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena prior to the first round of the 2019 NCAA Photos via Getty Images Men's Basketball Tournament on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Matt Marriott/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The city of Jacksonville said Monday that it would adopt a face mask requirement for public and indoor locations and where social distancing is not possible, less than two months before President Donald Trump is set to accept the Republican nomination in the Florida city.

Washington (CNN)The city of Jacksonville said Monday that it would adopt a face mask requirement for public and indoor locations and where social distancing is not possible, less than two months before President Donald Trump is set to accept the Republican nomination in the Florida city.

The new mandate, which goes into effect at 5 p. m. ET on Monday, raises the possibility that attendees could be required to wear face masks at the GOP convention.

The party moved parts of the convention out of Charlotte after Trump said the state's Democratic governor was "unable to guarantee" that the arena where the convention was to be held could be filled to capacity.

Cooper's office said Trump had called the governor and insisted on a full convention with no face masks or social distancing, and that Cooper expressed concern and suggested a scaled-back event.

"The RNC is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time," Republican National Committee National Press Secretary Mandi Merritt said in a statement.

"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. "

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday that Trump, who has resisted wearing a mask in public, told her he "has no problem with masks. "

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.

Jacksonville's mandatory face mask requirement comes after a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked by CNN's Natasha Chen on Sunday if he has assured Trump that the convention can take place, after DeSantis said residents should stay away from closed spaces, crowds and close contact -- what he calls "the three C's. " 

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