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DNC moved to August amid COVID-19 pandemic

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MILWAUKEE (WEEK) -- The Democratic National Convention is being pushed back to start August 17 due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The convention was originally scheduled to be held July 13-16. It will still take place in Milwaukee.

The convention planning team will use the coming weeks to explore all options to ensure nominating the next president of the United States is done so without risk to public health. These options include everything from adjusting the convention’s format to crowd size and schedule, officials with the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a statement Thursday.

“In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention. During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders.”

Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee

More details will be released as information becomes available, officials said.

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