Congress ditches mask mandate ahead of Biden’s address, GOP denounce requirement as political theater

FILE – In this May 19, 2021, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., takes off her face mask to talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fully vaccinated members of Congress and their staff will no longer have to wear a mask on the House floor and in committee rooms, according to guidance issued Friday, June 11, by the Office of the Attending Physician, delighting some GOP lawmakers who have been chafing at the mask-wearing requirements in recent months. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Read Less

FILE – In this May 19, 2021, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., takes off her face mask to talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fully vaccinated members of Congress and their staff will no longer have to wear a mask on the House floor and in committee rooms, according to guidance issued Friday, June 11, by the Office of the Attending Physician, delighting some GOP lawmakers who have been chafing at the mask-wearing requirements in recent months. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Read Less

FILE – In this May 19, 2021, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., takes off her face mask to talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Read Less

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UPDATED 8:29 AM PT – Monday, February 28, 2022

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives lifted its mask mandate ahead of Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. The Office of the Attending Physician said lawmakers and their staff will no longer have to wear face masks due to a “low level” of COVID transmission. However, those who test positive for COVID or have symptoms are still advised to wear masks.

Republicans have denounced mask mandates as “political theatre,” adding Democrats are ditching masks to make Biden’s address look good. This comes as the Capitol Physician’s Office also promoted coronavirus vaccines, boosters and taking daily COVID tests at home.

Meanwhile, Capitol Police reinstalled the inner-perimeter fencing around the Capitol Building ahead of Biden’s State of the Union address. Chief Tom Manger shared a statement Sunday, saying the increased security measures were made in collaboration with the Secret Service.

Chief Manger also said the move is out of an abundance of caution ahead of The People’s Convoy, which is expected to descend on Washington, D.C. several days after Biden’s address. Other security measures include establishing National Guard checkpoints around the city. Capitol Police assert the heightened security is to ensure the important work of Congress is allowed to go on uninterrupted.

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