House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said 75% of House lawmakers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 but that masks remain a requirement, even when speaking, inside the chamber.
“The science demands why we have masks on, still,” the California Democrat told reporters Thursday. “Perhaps when we are speaking, would be a time we could … take down the mask, but so far, that’s not what we can do.”
President Joe Biden did not wear a mask during his joint address to Congress on Wednesday. The chamber attendance was reduced from the traditional 1,600 people to 204 people, and everyone except the president was supposed to be wearing an N-95 mask. Biden and most of the people in the chamber were vaccinated or had received a recent negative coronavirus test.
Pelosi said that she has so far rejected requests to shorten the length of time it takes to complete House votes, even as more lawmakers are vaccinated and the