The White House has reportedly banned President Joe Biden’s cabinet members from giving in-person commencement speeches this year, according to a Fox News report.
“The White House and administration remain vigilant to the public health challenges posed by the pandemic, and we’re taking every step necessary to prevent the spread of the virus and model leadership for the country,” an unnamed White House official said.
The ban serves as part of the ongoing limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cabinet members are still allowed to provide virtual commencement speeches or remarks.
Two exceptions were noted. Biden still plans to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation.
Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to address the Naval Academy’s commissioning.
Both ceremonies are expected to be outdoors. Both Biden and Harris are also fully vaccinated.
The CDC has now stated fully vaccinated individuals can be outside with others without a mask, with the only exception noted being large crowds.
Despite the reduction in COVID-19 case numbers, the administration continues to urge caution, especially among members of its own cabinet.