Leaders of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee issued a statement Monday in which they said they are “exploring a range of contingency options” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement, however, did not spell out what the options are.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday there were phone calls last week among organizers and groups involved in planning the event that will be held July 13-16.
The outlet reported the options mentioned in the calls “included shortening the four-day convention by a day or holding a mostly remote event.”
Organizing for such an event remains a massive undertaking.
Up to 50,000 people are expected to arrive in Milwaukee from across the United States. Up to 15,000 volunteers are needed and the local host committee has to raise up to $70 million.
The statement from Katie Peters, communications director of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said the team putting together the convention “remains focused on planning a successful convention, where we will nominate the next president and vice president of the United States, lift up their vision for a stronger, more united America and launch them to victory in November.”
Peters added: “As we navigate the unprecedented challenge of responding to the coronavirus, we’re exploring a range of contingency options to ensure we can deliver a successful convention without unnecessary risk to public health. This is a very fluid situation — and the convention is still up to three months away.”
Peters said the committee is “committed to sharing updates with the public in the coming weeks and months as our plans continue to take shape.”
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