The US Republican Party’s vote to nominate its presidential candidate this month will take place in private, without the press.
A spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention gave guidance on coronavirus health as the reason, reports the Associated Press.
Delegates are due to assemble in North Carolina to officially rename President Donald Trump.
The 336 delegates will meet on August 24 in the city of Charlotte.
They will vote by proxy for some 2,500 official delegates. Mr. Trump is the party’s only remaining candidate, and his re-appointment will officially launch his candidacy for re-election.
The party “worked within the parameters set before us by national and local guidelines for the number of people who can attend events,” the spokesperson said.
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The move marks an important change for the convention, which has always helped to focus media attention on delivering the party’s messages to the public.
Mr Trump had moved the venue of the convention to Jacksonville, Florida after the Democratic governor of North Carolina insisted in May on limiting the size of the crowd at the convention, for reasons of social distancing.
But Mr. Trump subsequently dropped the Florida convention, blaming the state’s coronavirus “outbreak”.