Nancy Pelosi Mandates Masks On House Floor

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will require all House members and aids to wear masks on the floor, after Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert who has at times flouted the health recommendation tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day. The Hill reports: “Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the hall of the House except that members may remove their masks temporarily when recognized,” Pelosi said from the House floor. Pelosi warned that lawmakers and staff without masks will not be permitted to enter the House chamber and risk removal by the Sergeant at Arms if they don’t comply. Pelosi said that the mask requirement is “a sign of respect for the health, safety and well-being of others present in the chamber and surrounding areas.” Public health experts, backed by multiple studies, say that masks are an effective way to prevent spread of viral droplets.