All the safety measures being taken at the vice presidential debate

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By RADIO.COM

As Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris face off for the 2020 vice presidential debate, many safety precautions have been put in place.

According to CNN, audience members at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City have been seated in two different sections in Kingsbury Hall.

There is a small group of chairs for VIP guests on the floor of the debate hall directly in front of the stage. For social distancing measures, the chairs are spaced apart from each other.

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Staff members of the Commission on the Presidential Debates measure the distance between chairs for the audience in the debate hall ahead of the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall of the University of Utah October 6, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will face off in the 2020 vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening. Photo credit (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

In the balcony, the audience was seated by student ushers wearing rubber black gloves and surgical face masks. Everyone within the debate hall is also required to wear a face mask.

A specific group of attendees are seated together, but otherwise all others have been separated.

Before entering the building, each person had their temperature checked before walking in. Throughout the hall, you can find hand sanitizing stations as you enter the facility.

In addition, all attendees were required to receive a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before the debate.

As the two candidates were getting ready, the staff was seen wiping down desks and chairs throughout the building.

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Workers install plexiglass barriers on the stage ahead of the vice presidential debate in Kingsbury Hall of the University of Utah October 6, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will face off in the 2020 vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening. Photo credit (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

Before the event, Fox News reported that Harris and Pence would be 12 feet apart instead of the original plan of 7 feet.

The change was implemented after Biden’s campaign requested the change, which was approved by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

When asked if the candidates will be required to take an on-site COVID-19 test, Shawn Wood, a debate host spokesman, responded: “What I can say is we are requiring everyone to have a negative test before they enter the facilities, the debate hall, or the security perimeter.”

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