Hundreds of Florida doctors warned of the potential consequences of hosting the Republican National Convention in a letter to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the city council, according to Fox News.
The convention is scheduled to take place from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27 in Jacksonville, with around 40,000 people expected to be in attendance, according to the letter.
Due to Florida’s current spike in coronavirus cases, the letter suggests that the event should either be “very significantly reduced in numbers” or postponed, Fox News reported.
“Allowing this number of people to descend on Jacksonville is unequivocally provocative of disease, predictably harmful, and medically disrespectful to the citizens of this city, much less the rest of the country. There will be increased hospitalizations, long-term health problems, and deaths,” said the letter, posted Saturday by local outlet First Coast News. “It is extremely dangerous and contrary to current public health recommendations to stage a large event in an area where the number of cases is surging.”
The letter also recommended that Jacksonville follow in the direction of other Florida cities, such as Miami, Tampa and Orlando, in mandating the use of masks and social distancing prior to the convention.
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