UPDATE: The Democratic National Convention has elected to move Sunday’s debate to Washington, D.C. “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel.”
CNN has pulled its live audience from the next Democratic debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. In addition, the network will cut off media access in the spin room as well. The news comes amidst a growing COVID-19 outbreak affecting all parts of the globe.
“CNN’s top priority is the safety of our employees and community members. This extends to guests planning to attend or cover our debate on March 15. At the request of the campaigns and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to eliminate the live audience, the press filing center and the spin room in Phoenix,” CNN said in a statement.
“We encourage you to tune in to the debate at 8 pm ET,” the network added.
This news comes just hours after six Democratic primaries in the hotly contested presidential race. The next debate is set for Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona.