Democratic debate features safe-distance rule, elbow bump over COVID-19

WASHINGTON — It’s the Democratic presidential debate: Coronavirus edition.

Sunday night’s debate is keeping former veep Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at a safe distance amid the deadly pandemic, with the two men debating each other from lecterns placed six feet away from each other.

In fact the two candidates eschewed the usual handshake when they took the stage in DC, instead exchanging an elbow bump.

Unlike rancorous and crowded debates early in the contest, Sunday’s sparring match — which could very well be the last of the primary contest — is being conducted in a closed CNN set in Washington as officials warn against crowds to stop the spread of COVID-19.

CNN tweeted a photo of the set just before the 8 p.m. kickoff, writing: “The podiums are placed 6 feet apart, in accordance with CDC guidelines.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks.

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