Biden will now deliver his keynote speech in his home state of Delaware, according to the press release.
The DNC cited a desire to avoid endangering the health of the city of Milwaukee and the wide range of workers who would arrive for the convention amid the pandemic.
“We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives,” DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a statement. “That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”
The convention will kick off on Aug. 17 and run until Aug. 20, with programming from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET each night.
The announcement comes on the same day that President Donald Trump floated the idea of delivering his acceptance speech at the White House. The GOP’s convention plans have also been scuppered by coronavirus. The party attempted to shift in-person events from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Fla. before canceling the change over health concerns.