Miami (AFP). The US city, in which Republicans are due to hold their national assembly in August, announced face masks are mandatory on Monday amid a new surge in coronavirus infection.
The party rescheduled its agreement to appoint President Donald Trump for re-election in Jacksonville, Florida earlier this month, after Charlotte, North Carolina, introduced stringent social distance measures.
A new regulation came about when infections in the southern state rose sharply, forcing him to restore partial blackouts and other restrictions.
The State Department of Health reported 5,266 new infections and 28 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday.
The total number of states has grown to 146,341 confirmed cases and 3,447 deaths.
“Today at 5 o’clock in the evening the city of Jacksonville will accept the mandatory mask requirement for public and indoor spaces, as well as in other situations where people cannot distance themselves socially,” the city government said in a statement.
“Please continue to practice personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus.”
On June 11, Republicans announced they would move their nomination party, which gathers thousands of party members in a usually crowded room, to Jacksonville, attacking the strict rules established for the Charlotte Convention.
At a time when Trump attacked North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, saying that he was “still in hiding mode in place” and “did not want to give in.”
There has also been a recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, but not as severe as in Florida, which is a place of mass tourism.