Obama, for instance, allowed five members of his Cabinet to address the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as he sought reelection. Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, sought the White House, Obama decided to prohibit Cabinet members from taking part.
In D.C., officials stressed the importance of caution but also of allowing economic activity to resume as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center reopened for the first time in about six months.
The facility was among the first venues in the District to shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closure in early March was symbolic of sweeping changes to city life ahead of other restrictions that followed.
The city now hopes the convention center will serve as an example of how key spaces in the nation’s capital can begin to reopen safely — with a new focus on virtual events while adhering to strict health and safety guidelines.
Gregory O’Dell, president and chief executive of Events D.C., which manages the convention center, said his organization has seen a significant financial blow. In May, the city opened a hospital overflow area in the convention center to prepare for a