Joe Biden has canceled his plans to travel to Milwaukee to accept his official nomination as the Democratic party's presidential candidate for the 2020 election due to coronavirus concerns, the Democratic National Convention announced Wednesday.
Convention organizers said Biden will accept the nomination and deliver a speech from his home in Delaware the week of August 17.
"From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives," DNC Chairman Tom Perez said. "That's the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that's the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House."
The Democratic convention was initially scheduled for mid-July inside one of Milwaukee's largest indoor arenas. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the DNC pushed the date back one month and urged Democratic members of Congress not to attend the convention in person.
Prior to Wednesday's announcement, Biden was scheduled to accept his nomination in person and deliver a speech during the final night of the quadrennial event.