House floor mask mandate remains in effect after CDC announcement

House floor mask mandate remains in effect after CDC announcement

[Ed. – But that actually makes sense. 141 Representatives are over the age of 65, and the speaker is 81. If you read the complete guidance from the CDC, you find that it advises senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems, to continue wearing a mask for protection, even if they’re had the vaccine. Immunity from total vaccination is not 100%.]

Rules requiring all lawmakers and staff on the House floor to wear masks will remain in place until they are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Capitol physician said in a memo following new guidance Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

But people who are fully vaccinated — or at least two weeks out from their last shot — are free to go maskless in House office buildings and elsewhere in the Capitol, according to the memo.

“The present mask requirement and other guidelines remain unchanged until all members and floor staff are fully vaccinated,” Brian Monahan, the Capitol physician, wrote in the memo.

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The Capitol physician has estimated that about 75 percent of House members are vaccinated. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said the House won’t return to normal pre-pandemic operations until more members are vaccinated.

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