AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Will the Texas GOP convention be held in person later this month? So far, the answer is yes.
The State Republican Executive Committee voted 40-20 Thursday night to approve a resolution supporting the in-person gathering, which is scheduled for July 13-18 at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.
"After extensive debate Thursday evening, the State Republican Executive Committee reinforced its support for proceeding with our State Convention in person in Houston," Chairman James Dickey said in a press release.
Some 6,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Thursday's vote came just hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mandate requiring face coverings in all counties with 20 or more cases of COVID-19, and Houston is among the state's hotspots for a surge in cases of the virus.
The party says there will be multiple precautions and safety measures for attendees, including thermal scanners at entryways, expanded seating for social distancing in caucus and session meetings, deep cleaning of meeting areas, hand sanitizer stations, and sponsor-provided masks for attendees.