Democrats postpone convention

The Democratic National Committee is postponing its convention in Milwaukee over coronavirus concerns.

The event was originally planned to start July 13, 2020 and run for four days. Now it’s been moved to the week of Aug. 17, 2020.

The Republican convention is scheduled for Aug. 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the GOP has indicated it is not planning on moving that date at this point.

Both conventions are typically big television events, with networks deploying large teams and elaborate skybox setups to the host cities.

Although the race for the Democratic nomination has pushed former Vice President Joe Biden significantly ahead in delegate count, Sen. Bernie Sanders is still running. It remains to be seen, however, if the party’s nomination process will essentially be formality as is typical for these conventions.

Meanwhile, the Republican convention is likely to attract significant attention, even though it will feature the incumbent candidate, given the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and criticisms of Donald Trump’s handling of the situation.

Both conventions often include celebrity and party speakers as well as elaborate video presentations and speeches from the presumptive nominees — culminating in the formal acceptance of the nomination.

Each convention also typically features complex stage designs that incorporate a blend of structural elements and LED video panels and lighting.