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State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Steinhardt in holding pattern on RNC convention

GOP state chairman looks forward to attending, but details scant

By Nikita Biryukov, May 21 2020 12:24 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is still waiting to see whether the Republican National Committee will hold its August convention.

“As far as we know, the convention is still planning to go forward. I haven’t heard anything to the contrary,” he said. “I am, like everybody else, waiting to find out what our hotel designation is going to be and what the program is but look forward to attending if and when that happens.”

The convention is currently set to begin on Aug. 24 and run until Aug. 27 and will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has begun easing restrictions in the state earlier this month, and non-essential businesses there have been allowed to resume operations at half capacity as long as employees and shoppers practice social distancing.

Some businesses that cannot operate without close physical contact — notably hair salons, barbershops and gyms — remain closed.

The three-month gap between now and the convention’s start date could allow times for the number of active COVID-19 cases to dwindle further.

Conversely, further easing of restrictions could create a renewed surge of cases, health officials have warned, especially if the convention operates at full capacity and draws attendees from around the state.

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