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Democratic National Convention pushed back to August

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The Democratic National Convention scheduled to be held in Milwaukee this summer has been delayed into August.

The event will now begin the week of August 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release. The duration of the convention is unclear.

The event had been scheduled to take place between July 13 and 17.

The decision was made out of precaution as coronavirus cases continue to rise, especially in the city of Milwaukee who of Wednesday reported 727  positive cases.

Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee said due to the uncertainly about COVID-19, he believes it's best to delay the convention.

"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," wrote Solmonese in a statement.

The convention expected to bring 50,000 people to Milwaukee and $200 million economic impact. Alex Lasry finance chair of the DNC host committee said the convention will bring an economic boost at a time the state's economy is struggling

"I think it will still have a tremendous economic impact if we're able to get to a sense of normalcy and have the convention that we envision," said Lasry.

As convention planners monitor the public health emergency, they remain in communication with the local, state, and federal officials responsible for protecting public health and security, according to a news release.

DNC Chair Tom Perez thanked the city of Milwaukee for working with them when making this decision.

"The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner, especially over the past few weeks as we've confronted this global crisis, and we couldn't be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state, said DNC Chair Tom Perez. 

DNC officials said the Fiserv Forum, the Wisconsin Center District and hotel accommodations in the surrounding area will still be available in August.

The planning team will now be looking into safety protocols to carry out the convention, which was expected to bring more the 50,000 people to Milwaukee.

"These options include everything from adjusting the convention’s format to crowd size and schedule," according to the release.

"We will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city."

Once the convention’s plans are further finalized, more details will be made publicly available. 

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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