Since, for better or for worse, Florida is open for business big time, the
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, raised the possibility in a statement to Politico on Tuesday that the event could very well be held without an audience: "Right now, we are not in Phase 3 so I can’t see it today being hosted with people in the audience. Impossible to predict where we will be on October 15."
Also of note is that Suarez on Monday announced a citywide mask mandate, and President Trump is no fan of masks.
This is the second presidential campaign event (and counting) moved to Florida because the original hosting city determined it was not feasible to host such a public gathering while the country is in the middle of a pandemic. The first, of course, will be most of the Republican National Convention's events – particularly Trump's rally-style nomination acceptance speech – taking place in Jacksonville in August.
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