According to The Washington Examiner, the Republican National Committee is requiring those who attend its spring donor retreat to submit proof of a negative COVID test as a condition for entering the event.
Wealthy contributors to the RNC and other GOP causes are set to gather later this week in Palm Beach to hobnob with top party officials and hear from former President Donald Trump. Trump is set to host a portion of the retreat for a dinner speech at Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence that has turned into a redoubt for ex-administration officials and Republican donors and businessmen.
But according to an email the RNC sent to people planning to attend the retreat obtained by the Washington Examiner, participants must first “take a COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Antigen test and receive a negative result.” That information must be provided to the RNC in advance. Negative coronavirus tests are a prerequisite for attending the retreat, even for those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is required in order to receive your credentials for the weekend,” the email stated. “If you or members in your party fail to fulfill this requirement, you will be denied entry to the 2021 RNC Spring Retreat.”
The news outlet reported that the veracity of the email was confirmed by an RNC official.
Additionally, the report comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed an executive order last week “banning state government agencies from issuing vaccine passports and prohibiting businesses from requiring such documentation for entry.”