There is a vice presidential debate set to be held with an actual, real life audience at the University of Utah in October, and as of now, the event is proceeding forward despite all of the measures being taken in light of spikes in coronavirus cases.
The organizers of the debate have been working closely with health experts and the local authorities to make sure the event stays on track for its scheduled date of October 7, taking necessary precautions to help keep folks healthy and safe from COVID-19. Right now, the audience is expected to be made up of less than 200 people, instead of the usual 900.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
In Salt Lake City, gatherings of more than 20 people are allowed if organizers can establish a 6-foot distance between household groups. The media corps will also be limited to about 250 people and housed in a ventilated tent outside the venue on the college campus.
The vice presidential debate will be organized by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has put together all general election debates since 1988. The debate is expected to feature Vice President Mike Pence and the not-yet-announced running mate of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.Trending:
The commission believes the gathering can be done in a safe manner and will add to the “good tension” in the room.
There are still three months between now and the date of the event so anything could happen in that time to change things, so no one get your hopes up just yet. Regardless, the debate can happen with or without an audience.
Let’s hope things with coronavirus are cooled off a little bit by then.