Republicans, with exception of Trump, now get behind wearing masks

Jacksonville issues public face mask requirement

Lamar Alexander (R - Tennessee) is urging President Donald Trump to wear a mask "occasionally" to encourage Americans to do the same as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

But the city of Jacksonville announced on Monday that it's now requiring face coverings in all indoor and public spaces when social distancing isn't possible.

Republicans this month moved their national convention out of Charlotte, North Carolina, after disagreements with Gov. Roy Cooper (D) about whether it could be held - according to Cooper's characterization - "with no face coverings and no social distancing".

Trump is now set to accept the nomination at the city-owned VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, which holds 15,000 people.

Pence urges people to wear masks as U.S. cases surge
Last week, Abbott told people to stay home if possible as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state reached record highs. Greg Abbott (R) has since pressed pause on some parts of the state's reopening plan, including closing bars in the state.

The mandate will take effect at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

She said city leaders reached the decision to require masks after consulting local health officials and that penalties for noncompliance were under discussion. "The RNC should be postponed or very significantly reduced in numbers because of these risks", the open letter states. Beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach will be closed forFourth of July weekend as officials keep a cautious eye on the rapidly rising number of new coronavirus cases in the state.

"We've advised from the beginning of May about situations where that would be appropriate, but we've left it to the locals about whether they want to use coercive measures or impose any criminal penalties", the governor said.

President Donald Trump believes the decision to wear a mask to help prevent spreading the deadly coronavirus, now infecting record numbers of people in many places in the United States, is personal, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday. The doctors recommend scaling the event back to reduce the chances of the virus spreading and to require attendees to wear masks.

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