Democrats Scale Back Convention Amid COVID-19 Fears

The Democratic Party will hold its national convention from Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee but the meetings will only be two hours in duration each night and largely virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a preliminary schedule released by the Democratic National Committee.

Biden will accept the party’s presidential nomination on the last night of the convention and his choice for vice president will be designated and ratified on Aug. 19, with that person addressing the gathering.

Starting next week, delegates will cast ballots dealing with party business remotely and a convention safety plan mandates anyone in Milwaukee will have to wear a face mask, undergo daily testing for COVID-19, fill out questionnaires and practice social distancing.

“We are looking forward to a historic convention anchored in Milwaukee, and through the leadership of the permanent officers who will oversee the convention Democrats will come together to continue the work to elect Joe Biden as the next president of the U.S.,” DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a statement, The Associated Press reported.

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