Here’s What the GOP’s Scaled Back Convention Will Look Like

( Every four years, the major parties hold their conventions where their presidential candidate is announced. It’s a huge event attended by thousands of the party faithful from all over the country, it’s a time where people celebrate, and it’s also a chance for the presidential nominee to make an acceptance speech and speak to the nation.

Because of the Chinese coronavirus, however, things are looking very different this year. The Republican Party moved their venue to Jacksonville, Florida, to ensure no Democrat governor could get in the way and cancel the event last minute. But even as the convention is expected to go ahead, the virus does mean that the Republicans will have to scale back some of the attendance and change the way people go about their business during the event.

One of the main differences from GOP conventions of the past is that the festivities will be limited just to the official delegates during the first three days. These are the delegates who will vote for the nominee. There are 2,500 delegates, so the first three days of the convention, between August 24 and 26, will be very quiet.

Then on the fourth day, President Donald Trump will accept the nomination officially. At this point, each delegate will be allowed to bring one guest with them to the event. That means somewhere between 6 and 7,000 people will be attending the historic nomination.

It should have been a moment where tens of thousands of people watch on and cheer, but it will be decidedly less dramatic and exciting because of the Chinese pandemic.

On Thursday, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna Romney McDaniel, announced these big differences.

“I want to make clear that we still intend to host a fantastic convention celebration in Jacksonville,” she wrote in a letter to members of the Republican Party. “We can gather and put on a top-notch event that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of President Trump’s administration and his re-nomination for a second term – while also doing so in a safe and responsible manner.”

McDaniel also confirmed that the RNC will take steps to help reduce the potential spread of the virus at the event, using health protocols to keep people safe. These will include temperature checks, “aggressive” sanitizing protocols,” and event COVID testing sites.

Hey, it might not be as exciting, but knowing President Trump…he’s still sure to put on a show.