New guidance from federal health officials urges the organizers of large gatherings to require the use of face coverings among staff. The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “strongly encourages” masks in settings “where individuals might raise their voice” for shouting, chanting or singing.
The new recommendations come after President Trump announced he will hold an indoor rally next week in Oklahoma, the first since most of the country shut down as a result of the pandemic. The Trump campaign will require attendees to sign a waiver before getting a ticket.
During a call with reporters to announce the new guidance, CDC officials insisted the recommendations are not meant for any specific gathering, sidestepping questions about whether they would apply for political rallies.