House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared to defy her own mask requirement Friday when she removed her face covering for a photo with a newly sworn-in congressman.
After Pelosi administered the oath to Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Texas), the Speaker could be heard asking: “Can we take off our masks just for the photo?,” apparently repeating a question from a photographer. Pelosi then whipped off her mask, leading Ellzey, his wife and their two children to follow suit.
The photo-op came after Capitol Attending Physician Dr. Brian Monahan on Tuesday announced that masks were once again required in interior spaces of “all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings” when more than one individual is present.
The new guidance came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the re-imposition of mask mandates in areas with “substantial” or “high” coronavirus transmission.