The Democratic National Convention will not be held in July as originally planned.
The DNC has announced that it is postponing its convention, in Milwaukee, over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The four-day convention, was set to take place in Milwaukee beginning July 13. As of now, it has been rescheduled to take place the week of August 17.
“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention,” Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said in a statement. “During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders.”
The announcement by the DNC comes just hours after former Vice President Joe Biden — the likely nominee — said he expected such a delay.
“I doubt whether the Democratic Convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July. I think it’s going to have to move into August,” Biden said Wednesday night in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”
The coronavirus outbreak, which has spread globally, has forced most Americans to huddle in their homes in hopes of preventing the spread of the virus, which causes the deadly COVID-19 disease. Those venturing outside are urged to practice social distancing – keeping a minimum of six feet apart – and all large gatherings have been scrapped.
Biden said in an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday night that “it’s hard to envision” thousands of Democratic convention delegates, officials, media and other spectators packed inside an arena this summer.