US Vice-President Mike Pence and his Democratic challenger Kamala Harris will likely be separated by plexiglass throughout their head-to-head debate this week.
The candidates may also be seated not less than 12ft (3.6m) aside for Wednesday’s occasion in Salt Lake City, Utah, to assist restrict the danger of Covid transmission.
It comes after President Donald Trump and a number of other others near him examined constructive for coronavirus.
Both vice-presidential candidates have not too long ago examined adverse.
Information in regards to the occasion launched by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Monday mentioned “plexiglass will likely be used as a part of the CPD’s total strategy to well being and security”.
The request was put ahead by Ms Harris’ staff, in accordance with US media stories.
In response to the announcement, Mr Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller, mentioned: “If Senator Harris needs to make use of a fortress round herself, have at it.”
Ms Harris’s press secretary, Sabrina Singh, later tweeted that it was “fascinating that Katie Miller mocks our wanting a plexiglass barrier on the talk stage”, including that Mr Pence was “supposedly in charge of the Covid-19 task force and should be advocating for this too”.
It is not going to be the primary time that plexiglass may have made an look at a debate. At the weekend, Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina Jaime Harrison introduced his personal plexiglass display to debate Republican rival Lindsey Graham.
Other measures outlined by the CPD embrace a requirement for viewers members to bear Covid assessments and to put on masks all through the talk. Anyone refusing to put on a masks can be “escorted out”, the fee added.
Last Tuesday, Mr Trump and his challenger Joe Biden fiercely clashed over 90 minutes in some of the chaotic and bitter White House debates in US historical past.
The native guidelines in Cleveland, Ohio, required everybody within the room to put on masks – however of the president’s relations current, solely US First Lady Melania Trump donned a face protecting through the debate.
Ivanka, Donald Trump Jr, Eric and Tiffany Trump have been all seen with their masks off for a lot of the night.
The second presidential debate is at present scheduled to happen on 15 October, with the third as a consequence of happen on 22 October.