The vote of the United States Republican Party to nominate its presidential candidate this month will be held privately, without the presence of the press.
A spokesman for the Republican National Convention provided coronavirus health guidelines as a reason, reports the Associated Press.
Delegates are expected to meet in North Carolina to formally rename President Donald Trump.
The 336 delegates will meet on August 24 in the city of Charlotte.
They will cast proxy votes for approximately 2,500 official delegates. Trump is the only remaining candidate from the party and his appointment will officially nominate his reelection offer.
The party was “working within the parameters that had been set by state and local guidelines on the number of people who can attend events,”
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The decision marks a significant change for the convention, which has historically worked to draw media attention to the dissemination of party messaging to the public.
Trump had moved the convention site to Jacksonville, Florida, after the Democratic governor of North Carolina insisted in May to limit the size of the crowd at the convention, for reasons of social estrangement.
But Mr. Trump subsequently demolished the Florida convention, blaming the “exacerbation” of the state’s coronavirus.