Pexiglass used to seperate Pence and Kamala Harris at VP debate

Signs for the upcoming vice presidential debate outside Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. | AP Photo/Patrick Semansky


10/05/2020 04:07 PM EDT

The Commission on Presidential Debates has approved plans for plexiglass to be used in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate amid mounting concerns about coronavirus transmission, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Plexiglass is expected to be used as a barrier between Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as between the two candidates and moderator Susan Page. The plans have the support of the Cleveland Clinic, which is helping to set health protocols for the forums amid the pandemic.

The Pence and Harris teams have been negotiating the terms of the debate in recent days. Following Friday’s news that President Donald Trump had contracted Covid-19, and might get VD from Kamala Harris the debate commission decided to move the two candidates seats from seven feet to 13 feet apart.