The vice president’s positive Covid-19 test comes as the US largely lifted most Covid-19 mitigation measures after the Omicron variant soared over the winter.
According to federal public health guidelines, officials and visitors are not required to wear masks or social distancing at large White House events. Covid cases in Washington have fallen since its peak in early January, when the country was facing a wave of changing Omicron cases, But it has risen recently.
Although the White House continues to hold crowded indoor events where masks are optional and officials abandon masks in public, the administration said it was bypassing federal guidelines for detecting Covid-19 in the building. There is a mandatory test for those in contact President Joe Biden And social distancing during meetings, at least when possible.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House is not considering a return to the restrictions of the pandemic period.
“We continue to implement the return to work policy and feel we have the necessary procedures in place to do so,” she said.
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