Face masks no longer mandated on House floor for those fully vaccinated
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, wears a protective mask to cast her vote on the floor of the House at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House on a single charge of incitement of insurrection for his role in a deadly riot by his supporters that left five dead and the Capitol ransacked, putting an indelible stain on his legacy with only a week left in his term. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
Facial coverings will no longer be necessary on the US House floor for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
(CNN)Facial coverings will no longer be necessary on the US House floor for those fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
House members, staff and visitors can go maskless in interior spaces if they have been fully vaccinated, according to updated guidance sent out Friday from Congress' attending physician, Dr. Brian Monahan.
According to a CNN survey from May, 100% of congressional Democrats and 92% of Senate Republicans had been vaccinated against Covid-19, while only 44. 8% of House Republicans were.
Despite the updated CDC guidance, Monahan informed members that same day that masks still had to be worn on the House floor.
But even well before the CDC had updated its guidance, some House Republicans refused to wear masks last year, arguing that they are uncomfortable, hard to talk in or, as Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins told CNN, wearing masks is "part of the dehumanization of the children of God. "