Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician for the Capitol has officially revoked the mask mandate for vaccinated members of Congress as of Friday, according to The Daily Caller.
This ruling came after months of controversy among Republican lawmakers and voting by proxy on the part of many Democrats and almost a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its COVID-19 guidelines on May 13.
“The guideline document reflects that fully vaccinated individuals may discontinue mask wear and 6-foot social distance separations in most situations consistent with the CDC revision regarding fully vaccinated individuals of May 13, 2021,” the updated guidelines state.
The Capitol Attending Physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, has now updated the pandemic rules for the House. Masks will no longer be required on the floor of the House. Decrease in community transmission/high rate of vaccination (85% in Capitol complex) triggered this decision
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 11, 2021
The news isn’t all good for those who don’t care to enlighten on their medical status, however, as the updated rule goes on to say that those who are “indeterminate” are still under the previous rules:
“The guideline document preserves the requirement for mask wear and social distance separations for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, or vaccine indeterminate.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) refused to comply and called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not lifting the guideline, saying it was “not based on science” after the CDC updated their recommendations.
Massie, along with Reps. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) were all fined $500 each for violating House rules on masks, according to The Daily Caller.
The House speaker herself, however, has was caught in a large crowd without a mask on May 20, hugging and generally violating social distancing, despite her strict mask rules for Congress.