Just in time for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, Congress has lifted the mask mandate on the House floor.
The Congress Office of the Attending Physician announced the policy change Sunday, changing its recommendation after almost two years of mask-wearing in the House.
The Senate has maintained a mask optional policy for most of that time.
The change may prevent tensions during the speech and make it look like Biden is moving the country past the pandemic ahead of the midterm elections later this year.
New metrics put out by the CDC just days ago have put D.C. in a low-risk area for transmission, even as many areas now move past looking at daily case counts and focusing more on hospitalizations instead. Which is what they should have been doing from the beginning, in many people’s opinion.
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