During the upcoming vice presidential debate, Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be separated by a wall of plexiglass, according to a person familiar with the event planning.
This is a second measure being utilized by debate planners following revelations that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The news led to former Vice President Joe Biden to get tested immediately for the novel coronavirus due to fears he had contracted the disease when debating Trump last week. Biden’s COVID-19 test result came back negative.
Harris and Pence are set to debate at the University of Utah. Every person who will be present at the venue will be tested for COVID-19 ahead of the debate and will also be required to wear a mask as an extra precaution.
According to a fact sheet issued by the Commission on Presidential Debates, “Plexiglass will be used as part of the CPD’s overall approach to health and safety.” The Commission added, “Everyone in the debate hall will be subject to a variety of health safety protocols, including COVID testing and mask use.”