The White House has taken action that may foreshadow what is to come for the rest of America. If you thought Democrats were done making you “mask up” even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, pay attention to what is happening in Washington right now. The White House has officially brought back mask mandates for employees and visitors — a move that has been mirrored by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
This news comes along with a Tuesday CDC announcement that the organization is now recommending that even people who are vaccinated wear masks indoors in areas where COVID spread is heavier. But for months, Democrats — including Dr. Anthony Fauci — have been pushing a return to mask mandates and the more extreme vaccination mandates we are now seeing in California for state and healthcare workers. Fox News reports:
Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus.
The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A representative of the White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC said Tuesday that it is recommending people who are vaccinated and in areas with high COVID-19 spread wear masks indoors. The announcement was foreshadowed for days by top officials and demanded for weeks by some activists. The new recommendation is likely to prompt a raft of new mask mandates around the country and has already done so in the U.S. Capitol.
“For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan says in a letter sent to congressional staffers. Exceptions are made for those who are actively speaking or seeking recognition from a chair at a committee hearing or those who are alone in a room.
“To be clear, for meetings in an enclosed US House of Representatives controlled space, masks are REQUIRED,” Monahan says. “Failure to wear a mask in the Hall of the House is subject to fines imposed for violation as contained in the previous House rule.”
Monahan claims that a spike in COVID cases “represents a dire health risk to unvaccinated individuals and is not without some risk to the vaccinated individuals or their unvaccinated household contacts.”
The CDC guidance, coupled with Washington’s quick capitulation to it, may cause businesses and state governments to re-impose mask mandates. We are about to see an epidemic of senseless rules that inconvenience everyday Americans.