Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will face off shortly in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the first and only general election vice presidential debate of 2020.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said it was taking additional health and safety precautions at the debate, including using plexiglass, in the wake of President Trump's positive diagnosis.
Here are some key measures:
- Space on stage: Pence and Harris will be seated for the debate, and the distance between the center of the chairs will be 12 feet and 3 inches, according to the commission. The moderator will also be seated and will be at a similar distance of 12 feet and 3 inches from the candidates.
- Plexiglass: It will be used at the debate, and there will not be a handshake or physical contact between the candidates or with the moderator.
- Testing: Harris and Pence will be tested for coronavirus before the debate. Once on stage, neither the candidates nor the moderator will wear masks.
- Audience: There will be a small number of ticketed guests, according to the CPD. Everyone in the debate hall will be subject to a variety of health and safety protocols, according to the commission, including coronavirus testing and wearing masks.
Here's what the debate stage looks like: