After ongoing consultation with public health officials and expertswho underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemicthe Democratic National Convention Committee announced that speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee.
This development is in order to prevent risking the health of its host community as well as the convention's production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.
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.
Details about the location of the speech will be released at a later time. Other speakers who had been planning to come to Milwaukee will not travel to the city.
The Democratic National Convention will air for two hours each night, 8-10 p.m. CT, on Aug. 17-20. A custom virtual video control room has been designed to take in hundreds of feeds from around the country, including the potential of interacting with Americans from around the country.
Democratic National Convention CEO Joe Solmonese said in a statement that this "will always be remembered as a year of once-in-a-lifetime challenges and changesbut it will also be remembered as a time when Americans were their most compassionate and resilient selves. While we wish we could move forward with welcoming the world to beautiful Milwaukee in two weeks, we recognize protecting the health of our host community and everyone involved with this convention must be paramount."
The official live stream for the 2020 Democratic Convention will be hosted on DemConvention.com, where viewers can also find the full convention schedule, and a digital tool kit to get involved.