COVID-19 precautions in place for Indiana Gubernatorial Debate on 95.3 MNC

first_img Pinterest COVID-19 precautions in place for Indiana Gubernatorial Debate on 95.3 MNC By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 383 Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Google+ (Photo supplied) The first of two debates among the candidates for governor is Tuesday — but the candidates may never see each other in person.Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Don Rainwater will all be at the Indianapolis headquarters of Indiana Public Broadcasting, but they’ll be in three different studios, with the moderator, Purdue Fort Wayne political science professor Andy Downs, in a fourth.The campaigns and the Indiana Debate Commission spent Friday in discussions after Myers called for all three candidates to take a coronavirus test the day before the debates. The commission says it can’t order anyone to take a test. And I-U South Bend political science professor Elizabeth Bennion, the commission’s president, says testing would have created new issues. With the time lag before the virus shows up on a test, she says a negative test wouldn’t guarantee a candidate wasn’t infectious. And Bennion says if a candidate did test positive, it would create new last-minute uncertainty.Bennion says the candidates’ arrival times will be staggered to further reduce contact.Holcomb tested negative last week after state health commissioner Kristina Box announced she and two family members had contracted the virus.Bennion says all three campaigns agreed to the new format. She says next week’s second debate will run the same way.The Debate Commission already had other coronavirus precautions in place. There will be no studio audience — the only people in the studios besides Downs and the candidates will be the production crew, timekeepers, and a single pool photographer.You can hear the Indiana Gubernatorial Debate at 7 p.m. on 95.3 FM or www.953mnc.com. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleGasBuddy: Stimulus deal could mean increase in pump pricesNext articleSt. Joseph County Fall Leaf Pick-Up Program begins today Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more