The two Democratic presidential frontrunners — Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — both canceled Cleveland rallies planned for late Tuesday at the behest of Ohio authorities over coronavirus worries.
“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak,” Sanders’ campaign announced. “All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case by case basis.”
Biden’s camp quickly followed suit.
“In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio, tonight is canceled,” the former vice president’s campaign said. “We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days.”
The moves came after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine requested the rallies be canceled and that Ohioans avoid large gatherings after three cases of coronavirus were found in the Cleveland area, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
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