Texas GOP Forges Ahead with In-Person Convention Plans


The Republican Party of Texas announced Friday that it intends to proceed with its state convention starting July 13 in Houston after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott paused reopening the state due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

“After extensive debate Thursday evening, the State Republican Executive Committee reinforced its support for proceeding with our State Convention in person in Houston,” James Dickey, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, said in a news release.

The convention is set to open to the public on July 16 at the George R. Brown Center in Houston.

Approximately 6,000 people from all over Texas are expected to attend the Houston convention, KRIV reported.

Abbott on Thursday ordered that those who live in a county with at least 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases must wear a mask.

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Abbott had previously ordered all Texas bars to shut down and restaurants to reopen at half capacity, but has since tightened restrictions in response to the surge in cases.

Masks are not mandatory for attendance at the convention, Dickey said in an interview with KRIV, though they are strongly encouraged.

“We are looking at this, as we work to proceed with an in-person convention, as a chance to show that Texans take responsibility and individually will participate and do what is best,” Dickey said during the interview.

Precautions for the convention include thermal scanners at the entrances, hand sanitizer stations and social-distancing seating adjustments, according to the news release.

The convention is scheduled to begin with committee meetings and end July 18, the news release said.

The Republican Party of Texas did not respond immediately to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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