Breakthrough COVID-19 cases among vaccinated congressional staff members and a member of Congress along with an increase of cases due to the virus’s delta variant prompted some in the Capitol complex to return hastily to donning face coverings.
Staff members and reporters who had for weeks gone maskless in the Capitol started to wear the cloth coverings again on Tuesday following news of a vaccinated spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi testing positive.
A line formed at the once no-wait free COVID-19 testing site in the Capitol complex on Tuesday. Pelosi and several of her staff members were spotted in the Capitol all wearing masks, though she took hers off during a press conference.
While official masking rules have not yet changed for those in the Capitol, a memo sent to congressional offices on Tuesday from the Capitol’s Office of Attending Physician Dr. Brian Monahan kept open the possibility that the complex could return