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Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE will not shake hands at their first debate next week in Ohio due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, campaign sources told Politico.

The move is one of several adjustments the campaigns are ironing out to comply with social distances guidelines. An elbow-bump was considered but both campaigns decided that it would awkward. 

Trump, Biden and Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRepublicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan GOP senator: Two sides 'far apart' on infrastructure compromise Biden economic adviser frames infrastructure plan as necessary investment MORE — who is moderating the debate — will reportedly not be wearing masks. The president will stand to the right and Biden to the left at their respective podiums.

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The audience will be limited to between 75 and 80 people, all of whom will be tested for COVID-19 before attending the debate.

The event will take place on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Unlike a traditional presidential debate, there will be no spin-room coverage afterwards. Instead, media will have to schedule virtual interviews with surrogates after the debate.

During a Democratic primary debate in March — when the coronavirus pandemic had begun impacting daily life in the U.S. — Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers McConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama MORE (I-Vt.) participated in a debate in Washington with no audience while standing six feet apart. 

The two men elbow-bumped in lieu of a handshake and were not wearing masks.