The 2020 Democratic National Convention has been postponed to mid-August as organizers attempt to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday.
The event was originally scheduled for the week of July 13, but will now be held the week of August 17, the DNC said in a news release. It is unclear how long the event will last.
“Ensuring the safety of the convention’s host community and all convention-goers has been — and always will remain — the top priority of the Democratic National Convention Committee,” the press release said.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the DNC’s decision “absolutely the right move.”
All previously planned venues for the event, such as the Fiserv Forum, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Miller High Life Theater and the Wisconsin Center, as well as all accommodating hotels will still be available for the new dates.
"This is the right decision for the safety of those involved in the convention for Milwaukee,” Alex Lasry, financial chair of the convention's host committee, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “An August convention will provide a much-needed economic boost for Milwaukee and Wisconsin as we come out of this unprecedented time."