Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will not be traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to accept the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
On Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) issued a press release announcing that Biden will now accept the presidential nomination in Delaware.
“In accordance with this guidance, Vice President Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee and will instead address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination from his home state of Delaware,” the statement read.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez also weighed in about the change of plans as he noted that the decision is rooted in science.
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” Perez said. “We followed the science, listened to the doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives.”
“That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves.And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House,” he added.
While the changes put in place are said to represent “a small adjustment to the overall planning,” the DNC suggests the contingencies will only serve as improvements for the convention amid the pandemic.
“From the start of the pandemic, contingencies were put in place for a successful convention that would ensure public health was protected,” the statement read. “Today’s announcement represents a small adjustment to the overall planning, as the majority of speeches and segments were already taking place in locations across the country.”
The news comes as the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a similar announcement about President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. According to The Washington Post, Republican leaders are now considering the White House South Lawn for Trump’s speech.
However, it has been confirmed that the Democratic National Convention will still air for two hours each night from August 17-20, 2020.