May 13, 2020 / Blog

Protecting Public Health: An Update from the DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee

Every day we are witnessing the extraordinary ways in which Americans are adjusting to the unprecedented moment before us with the coronavirus pandemic—from the doctors and nurses risking their own health to save lives to the innovative ways communities continue to come together while apart. Our convention team is tapping into that same resilient spirit as we develop contingency plans to deliver a safe and successful event in Milwaukee this summer.

This week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Rules and Bylaws Committee  approved a resolution that gives us the flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk. 

With much about the scale and impact of the coronavirus pandemic still unknown, this resolution will make it easier for our team to appropriately adjust things like the convention’s format, size, or date as the situation continues to unfold in real time, while still delivering an uplifting and unifying event that puts our nominee on the path to victory in November.

“This isn’t about option A (a full-scale event) or B (a virtual event) but it’s about looking at all the pieces of the convention, how to scale up or down as we get closer to August.”

Jason Rae, DNC Secretary

Protecting the health and well-being of our host community and everyone involved with the convention always remains our top priority—and will drive every decision we make as we put plans in place for August. We continue to remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.

Our team remains inspired by the people who live and work in Milwaukee. Their strength and optimism inspire us to tackle this challenge with the same enduring spirit, and we could not be more committed to hosting this historic moment in their home city and state.