House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that lawmakers will be required to wear masks on the House floor to avoid potential spread of the coronavirus.
The Washington Examiner Reports:
Pelosi first floated the mask mandate during a Wednesday call with House Democrats and later unveiled the rule in the chamber. Lawmakers and their staff members will be required to wear face masks while they are in the House except when recognized to speak. Failure to comply will be considered “serious breach of decorum,” the California Democrat said.
The decision comes after Rep. Louis Gohmert tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day. The Texas Republican has been reluctant to wear a mask on Capitol Hill and even partially blamed contracting the virus from potential germs being in his mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks and face coverings for people to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In recent weeks, President Trump and his allies, who previously also emphasized mask-wearing as a choice and not a requirement, have been endorsing wearing a mask in public places in line with federal public health guidelines.
The United States has now topped over 4 million cases of the coronavirus and over 150,000 deaths.