Reports indicate that a new policy is being put into place at the White House after staffers close to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Most people working in the West Wing at the White House will now be required to wear masks while on the grounds, but there are some notable exceptions.
According to ABC News, details regarding the new mask policy were distributed to West Wing staff on Monday afternoon. This new policy comes just days after several people close to Trump and Pence tested positive for the virus, including a valet of the president’s along with Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary.
Staffers have apparently been told that they must now wear a mask upon entering the West Wing or moving around the public grounds. In addition, they are asked to social distance as much as possible. However, when at their desks, staff can take off the masks.