Health and safety rules upgraded for upcoming VP debate

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When Kamala Harris and Mike Pence take the debate stage, safety protocols will be more rigid

Vice President Mike Pence and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris are scheduled to square off in a debate next Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the two will be subjected to upgraded COVID-19 protocols in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak that has stunned the Republican Party.

After last Tuesday’s wild presidential debate and the subsequent rash of positive COVID-19 cases among President Donald Trump‘s family, staff and associates, including the positive test for the president himself, the Commission on Presidential Debates has agreed on a new safety measure to deter transmission of the disease.

The measure says that the candidates should be seated 12 feet apart, according to Politico. The rule is the result of ongoing negotiations between the Trump and Joe Biden camps, negotiations that only became more fraught after the president revealed in the first hours of Friday morning that he tested positive for the deadly disease, hours after senior aide Hope Hicks‘ positive diagnosis was scooped by a reporter. First Lady Melania Trump and advisor Kellyanne Conway are other…


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