By WECT Staff | May 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM EDT – Updated May 28 at 10:19 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – The Republican National Committee (RNC) has sent a new letter to Governor Roy Cooper’s office on proceeding with the Republican National Convention in Charlotte and is seeking approval of specific safety protocols.
The letter emphasizes the expected economic impact on Charlotte and North Carolina and urges a decision from the governor by June 3.
President Trump has threatened to move the convention if Cooper doesn’t sign off on a full-capacity event.
“We are ready to hold the RNC convention in North Carolina in a safe way,” Cooper said. “We’re asking for plans from them about how they want to open. When NASCAR wanted to run the race in North Carolina, we asked them for plans about how they are going to run the race in a safe way. NASCAR submitted those plans to our health officials. Health officials gave feedback. they made some changes and they ended up putting on a very safe and entertaining race at at the Coca Cola 600
“We hope the same thing can happen with the RNC convention…We want to work with them.”
During Thursday’s media briefing, Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force also discussed House Bill 536.
Gov. Cooper: There will be a time when we can open bars but that time is not now
Hours after the Senate voted in favor of a bill to open bars with certain restrictions, Gov. Roy Cooper said now is not the time to reopen those businesses.
“We’re six days into Phase 2, and on a day where we’re seeing some of our highest numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, the senate wants to open bars,” Cooper said during a media briefing Thursday. “These decisions are difficult but they are made with daily briefings from doctors and healthcare experts. This legislation would mean even if there is a surge of COVID-19 that would overwhelm our hospitals that bars still stay open.”
Senators voted 42-5 in favor of House Bill 536, which would allow some bars to reopen outdoor areas—either permanent patios or temporary spaces—and serve customers at 50 percent capacity.
Here is how our local legislators voted on the bars bill:
“Now, I know that it is a tough time for business and I believe there will be a time when we can open bars but that time is not now,” Cooper said. “I hope the House will look at this carefully and that senators will reconsider their choice about this. We’ve got to keep the health of safety of North Carolinians as our top priority.”
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