The president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has announced this Wednesday that the use of a mask in the building will be mandatory for all its members and staff, with the aim of avoiding eventual contagions of coronavirus.
“Members and staff will have to wear a mask in the hallways of the House of Representatives,” said Pelosi, who said that lawmakers can remove it when they are speaking, as reported by the CNN television channel.
Thus, members of the US lower house and their personnel will not be able to enter the facilities if they do not carry this tool, which has proven to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The United States is experiencing a heated controversy around the use of masks while the country has already surpassed 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 and 4.4 million confirmed cases.
In the absence of an order in this regard issued by the Administration of the President, Donald Trump, and the skepticism that the president has shown regarding this preventive measure, the governors of the US states manage this matter themselves.
Thus, in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana or Maine it is already mandatory to carry them in public, while others are not inclined to regulate their use.
In addition, the most visible face of the fight against the coronavirus in the White House, Anthony Fauci, has strongly recommended its use, as have other experts in the field.