Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday said Ohio would not volunteer to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, citing concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has been “forced to seek another state” for the convention, originally set to take place in North Carolina, after the state refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview on Fox News, DeWine said Ohio hosting the RNC “would not be something we would volunteer to do.”
“These mass gatherings are kind of the last things to come together. A mass gathering inside is frankly the thing that would scare us the most, simply about the spread of this virus. The virus is still very, very much here,” DeWine said in the interview. “Mass gatherings are just a real problem, particularly those that are inside.”
You can watch DeWine’s full interview with Fox News by clicking here.
Ohio hosted the 2016 RNC in Cleveland.
Statewide, as of Wednesday, there have been 36,792 total cases of the novel coronavirus. There have been 2,299 total deaths, 6,251 hospitalizations, and 1,604 admissions to intensive care units, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.