Vice presidential debate’s COVID-19 precautions include plexiglass shield: A look at the new rules
After President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it will separate the vice presidential candidates with plexiglass, in addition to other precautions, during Wednesday night’s encounter.
Moderator Susan Page of USA Today will also be seated 12 feet from the candidates, the Commission on Presidential Debates said.
Biden and Harris will not have to wear masks onstage, but they will have to be tested for coronavirus prior to the debate. Trump tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after the debate. His team was in charge of testing him and was also “required to certify” to the Cleveland Clinic that the president had recently tested negative.
Biden and Trump were the first candidates to forgo the pre-debate handshake because of the coronavirus, and their running mates will do the same. Pence and Harris will not even get to greet each other with an elbow bump.
There will be guests in the debate hall, although their numbers will be limited and they will be required to wear masks and present clean COVID-19 tests.