The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized all general election debates since 1988, said in a statement today that it “will continue to monitor and assess developments regarding public health and safety as debate planning proceeds.”
The debates are traditionally held before a large live audience, though it remains to be seen whether larger gatherings of that size will be advisable by the time of the first debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, 2020, at the University of Notre Dame.
The final debate of the Democratic primary was held last month at a CNN studio with no audience.
The general election debates are expected to feature President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but the formal invitations won’t be issued until the summer. The organization will also organize one vice presidential debate.