President Donald Trump’s four adult children were spotted not following the mandatory mask rule at Tuesday’s debate, NBC said. And a member on Trump’s side of the room rebuffed a doctor that approached to ask them to put one on.
The event was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine implemented a mask mandate for the state on July 23, Glamour reported. Invanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump all arrived at the university sporting masks, but when they sat in their seats none were wearing the required face covering, NBC said. Most of the people on Trump’s side of the room didn’t have one on.
Tyler Pager, a reporter at Bloomberg News, tweeted that a doctor approached people on Trump’s side of the room to offer masks but was refused.
Pager said First Lady Melanie Trump wore a mask into auditorium. But she took it off when taking her seat with the rest of the family in the front row.
The Week reported that debate attendees must wear masks throughout the debate. Audience members had to have an invitation, a mask, and a wristband signifying they had tested negative for Covid-19.
Everyone on Vice President Joe Biden’s side of the room wore masks, NBC said. Organizers placed seats in the audience six feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The Commission on Presidential Debates changed its debate rules because of the coronavirus pandemic. The candidates did not shake hands before the debate and their podiums were further apart than normal on stage.
More than 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic as of Oct. 1, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 340,000 million cases of the virus have been reported worldwide with more than 1 million deaths.
Debate schedule, possible changes
The two remaining 2020 presidential debates take place at 9 p.m. EST on Oct. 15 and 22. The vice presidential debate will be 9 p.m. EST on Oct. 7.
However, there may be major changes ahead. The commission that oversees debates plans to allow the moderator to cut off the microphone of a candidate while it is not his turn to speak, CBS reports. People called the first debate chaotic and “embarrassing” for the near-constant stream of interruptions.