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University still plans to host 2020 presidential debate

| Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Following the University of Michigan’s decision to cancel the presidential debate on its campus, Notre Dame confirms the first debate of the 2020 election series will proceed Sept. 29 with significant modifications in light of the pandemic.

While the University planned to welcome thousands of guests and members of the media to the Joyce Center, vice president of public affairs and communications Paul Browne said in an email that only a fraction of the expected visitors will be able to attend.

“Most will be restricted to a secured area, protected by the Secret Service, where only students voluntarily selected by lottery to witness the debate will be admitted,” Browne said.

In addition, Browne said a free speech area will be designated for demonstrators.

“Masks, physical distancing, sanitizing stations and other precautions will be in place,” Browne said.

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