Pelosi says masks still required in House chamber despite CDC guidance
Added 05-14-21 01:18:02am EST - “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that House members will still be required to wear a mask after the CDC eased restrictions on those fully vaccinated with times of debating being the only exception t?” - Nypost.com
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Despite updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that fully vaccinated people can “resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic” without wearing a mask or social distancing, House members are still required to keep their masks on in the chamber except when speaking during debate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN reporter Manu Raju she would not change the rule despite the new CDC recommendations.
A few hours later, Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan confirmed in a memo that the chamber’s mask requirement would “remain unchanged until all Members and floor staff are fully vaccinated.” Monahan added that the new CDC guidance does apply in House office buildings and all other areas.
Pelosi estimated in late April that around 75 percent of House members have been vaccinated. She also said she would not force the remaining members to get the vaccine, citing privacy concerns.
“I can’t go to the Capitol physician and say, ‘Give me the names of people who aren’t vaccinated so I can go encourage them to,’ or make it known to others to encourage them to be vaccinated,” she told reporters at the time. “So we can’t do that. But you would hope that science would guide them to protect themselves, their family members and be good colleagues in the workplace to get vaccinated. And the sooner that happens, the better for everything.”
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