President-elect Joe Biden faces a major operational challenge upon entering office — how to keep the coronavirus from infecting the White House’s cramped West Wing.
Biden’s team is looking at ways to apply his campaign’s COVID-19 safety practices to the presidency, several of his advisers told NBC News.
Transition officials are trying to determine how many White House officials can physically work out of the West Wing while abiding by social distancing and other protocols during the pandemic, the advisers said.
The strategizing comes while President Trump has refused to have his outgoing administration help Biden with the transition. Trump’s campaign is still involved in legal skirmishes to try to overturn the election result.
“The entire functionality of the White House is people crammed around desks and huddling at a meeting,” a Biden adviser told NBC. “There are going to be adjustments to accommodate for distancing. Folks are going to wear masks.”
Biden’s advisers have talked about what to