The White House has struck its masking and social distancing mandate for unvaccinated guests who planned to attend President Joe Biden’s event honoring National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion teams.
In a Saturday email, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs revised its COVID-19 guidelines for guests attending the NCAA event that was scheduled for Monday. Biden canceled his appearance at the event due to ongoing soreness from the first part of a root canal procedure he had Sunday, so Vice President Kamala Harris stepped in.
The initial guidelines sent around last week said fully “vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask on the White House grounds” and that guests “who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet distance from others while on the White House grounds.”
The White House email comes as hospitals and other health care facilities increasingly discard their masking rules as COVID becomes a smaller presence for most Americans in daily life. (iStock)
The White House email comes as hospitals and other health care facilities increasingly discard their masking rules as COVID becomes a smaller presence for most Americans in daily life.
Meanwhile, experts have been calling into question the efficacy of face masks. A recent study published by Cochrane Library, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, dug into the findings of 78 randomized controlled trials to determine whether “physical interventions” – including face masks and hand-washing – lessened the spread of respiratory viruses.