Republican National Convention attendees to be tested every day for coronavirus

Republican National Convention attendees to be tested every day for coronavirus
© Greg Nash

People attending the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., where President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE is set to accept the GOP nomination later this summer, will be tested daily for the coronavirus. 

Erin Isaac, the spokesperson for the host committee of the portion of the convention that will take place in Jacksonville, confirmed Monday that "everyone attending the convention within the perimeter will be tested and temperature checked each day,” CNN reported.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat Juan Williams: The GOP is a party without ideas MORE previously told Fox News that “everybody” will be tested and that attendees will have their temperature checked, in addition to other health precautions.


RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement to The Hill that the party "is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time." 

"We are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available PPE [personal protective equipment], aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” Ahrens said.

Trump is set to give his acceptance speech for the party nomination in Jacksonville on Aug. 27, the last day of the convention. The event will be split between Jacksonville and Charlotte, N.C., where the party’s official business will still take place. Most of the convention’s festivities are set to be relocated to Jacksonville.

The event moved from North Carolina following a break with Gov. Roy Cooper (D) over whether the gathering could occur without social distancing precautions.

Florida has seen an uptick in reported coronavirus cases in recent weeks, reporting 11,458 COVID-19 cases on Saturday in a new single-day record.

--This report was updated at 12:01 p.m.