'We think it is unlikely that we would be to the point at the end of August to be able to have a jam packed 19,000-person convention in the Spectrum arena, ' Cooper said.
A Charlotte convention could help Trump boost enthusiasm among North Carolina supporters, but he could also frustrate some voters if he pushes too hard during a delicate time for health and public safety, Bitzer said.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a June 2 statement that the GOP would start visiting the cities and states that have offered to host the party's four-day nominating convention, scheduled to open on August 24, at which Republicans are expected to officially nominate President Donald Trump for a second term.
Republican officials so far have submitted proposals for a "full convention" rather than one with fewer participants and social distancing as requested by the state, Cooper said.
PREVIOUS North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, on Tuesday rejected the GOP's plans for a full-fledged convention in Charlotte, telling Republican officials the only way the event would move forward is with proper health protocols in place.
Cooper said he could make no such promise for the four-day nominating convention scheduled to open on August 24.
Without knowing how the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to unfold, he said, "planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity".
The Republican National Committee holds a media walkthrough for the 2020 Republican National Convention, at the Spectrum Center Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on November 12, 2019. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the party's presumptive presidential nominee.
According to Lee, GOP officials will tour Nashville on Thursday. Party officials have already begun weighing other location options, including Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, which all have Republican governors.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper takes part in a meeting in Providence, R.I., on July 13, 2017.
"Every day it is becoming clearer that Roy Cooper is putting politics ahead of results", said North Carolina GOP spokesman Tim Wigginton in a statement.
In a letter to Cooper last week, McDaniel asked him to approve a series of safety protocols and logistical measures that Republicans agreed to, including health questionnaires and thermal scans for fever. Mecklenburg County accounted for 4,500 cases - more than double the next-highest county - and almost 100 deaths.
'Look, we're not going to move forward with any activities that do not follow federal, state or local requirements and regulations. So, we need to know what those requirements are going to be, ' he said.
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