Masks to be required in the US House of Representatives
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday announced
that members and staff will be required to wear masks in
Members will be allowed to remove their masks to speak in the House when addressing the
chamber, Pelosi said on the House floor.
Her announcement came hours after Louie Gohmert tested positive for coronavirus. The Texas Republican
has frequently refused to wear a mask.
Pelosi said those who are not wearing a mask would not be permitted to enter the hall of the House and
masks will be available at the entry for any member who forgets to bring one
“The chair expects all members and staff to adhere to this requirement as a sign of respect for the health,
safety, and wellbeing of others present in the chamber and surrounding areas.
Gohmert tested positive during a White House screening before a planned trip to the state of Texas with
US President Donald Trump. Mario Diaz-Balart tested positive for the novel coronavirus in March,
becoming the first lawmaker to contract COVID-19.
At least seven lawmakers have since been infected with the virus that has sickened more
than 4.3 million and killed 150,000 across the US.