US House Drops Mask Rule Ahead Of SOTU Speech

ABC News reports:

Masks will no longer be required in the House chamber when President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a major reversal in the politically controversial policy that reinforces his message that the pandemic is receding and America is getting back to something closer to normal.

On Sunday, the U.S. Capitol’s attending physician lifted a mask mandate for lawmakers inside the House chamber just two days before Biden’s nationally televised prime-time speech.

The new guidance sharply reduces the chances of a potential confrontation with Republican lawmakers who don’t believe masks are necessary and violate their freedom.

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