House Says Fully Vaccinated Lawmakers and Staff Are No Longer Required to Wear Masks or Stay Physically Distanced

Fully vaccinated lawmakers in the House of Representatives are no longer required to wear a mask or remain physically distanced while in the chamber or committee hearings, Brian Monahan, Congress’s attending physician, announced Friday.

In a memo, Monahan said mask wearing would be “discretionary” for vaccinated lawmakers and staff but required for those who have not yet been vaccinated.

“The decrease of community transmission and the increase in the rate of vaccine led to this announcement,” a senior Democratic aide said. “Capitol Hill complex is at 85 percent vaccination rate which is extremely high.”

The policy change comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sparred over the requirements in recent months.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Dartunorro Clark and Julie Tsirkin

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