All members of Congress will be forced to wear face masks and provide negative COVID tests to attend Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1.
“All members of Congress will be allowed to attend President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address, but they must follow Covid-19 health guidelines, including masking, or risk being tossed from the event and fined,” reports Blooomberg.
“A memo Thursday by House Sergeant at Arms William Walker lays out the rules for the March 1 address to a joint session of Congress, including limiting lawmakers to one non-transferable ticket and requiring they attest to negative Covid-19 results,” adds the financial news outlet.
CONFIRMED @Newsy: Per a memo sent to Congressional offices, ALL Members of Congress will be permitted to attend the State of the Union on March 1.
-PCR Testing required for all SOTU attendees (Members + Press included)
-KN95 or N95 masks REQUIRED
-No guest tickets
— Nathaniel Reed (@ReedReports) February 17, 2022
Members will not be allowed to bring guests into the chamber and must:
- Provide a negative PCR test
- Wear an N95 or KN95 mask at all times
- Adhere to social distancing guidelines established by Capitol Police.
Read the full report here.