White House mandating face masks, social distancing for unvaccinated ‘College Athlete Day’ guests

The White House will require guests who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks and practice social distancing, even though the federal government has already ended its national emergency declaration for the pandemic. are still required.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will invite dozens of Division I, II and III NCAA men’s and women’s national champion teams to a “College Athlete Day” celebration at the White House on Monday.

Earlier this week, the White House Legislative Branch sent an email invitation to lawmakers obtained by Fox News Digital to attend the event. The email contained additional logistical details and COVID-19 protocols.

According to the White House, lawmakers do not have to receive the diploma, but You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test prior to this event, wear a mask and practice social distancing if you have not been vaccinated.

A sign calling for masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus at a storefront in Philadelphia on February 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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Masking guidance: Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks on White House grounds,” the email said. [bold font in original email]. “Guests who are not fully vaccinated always mask and keep a distance of at least 6 feet From others while on the White House grounds.

The White House emails come at a time when hospitals and other health care facilities are increasingly scrapping mask-wearing rules as the novel coronavirus becomes less of a presence in everyday life for most Americans.

Experts, meanwhile, question the effectiveness of masks. A recent study published by the prestigious Cochrane Library, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to determine whether “physical interventions” such as face masks and hand washing reduce the spread of respiratory infections. , investigated the results of 78 randomized controlled trials. virus.

According to the study’s lead author, the conclusions about masks undermine the scientific basis for masking.

“There is absolutely no evidence that they make any difference. Please stop completely,” said Tom Jefferson, lead author of the study. said in an interview. When asked specifically about N95 masks worn in medical settings, Jefferson replied, “It makes no difference. None.”

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Anthony Fauci is the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Ting Sheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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A White House email asking unvaccinated people to practice social distancing has also led more researchers to become skeptical of the idea that a new coronavirus vaccine mandates limited transmission of the virus. It was served while

A recent study from the Mercatas Center at George Mason University concluded that mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in nine major cities did not appear to make a difference in reducing deaths from the pandemic.

The study comes after a board member of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer admitted at a hearing in the European Parliament last year that when the new coronavirus vaccine was introduced, it had never been tested to stop the virus from spreading. was broken according to the video The content of the exchange posted by Rep. Rob Ruth.

An advisory group for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in February that it does not recommend getting a coronavirus vaccine booster more than once a year.

Mr. Biden has previously attacked those who have not been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus for not doing “the right thing” and “costing us all.” He accused them of causing “tremendous damage” by “making people sick and… causing people to die” and preventing “a return to normalcy”.

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President Biden removes a protective mask during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, Monday, March 8, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“We’ve been patient, but we’re running out of patience,” Mr. Biden warned those hesitant to vaccinate when he announced mandatory vaccinations last year.

The federal government officially ended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, despite a White House mandate to wear masks for unvaccinated people. The Secretary of Health and Human Services may declare a public health emergency under the Department of Public Health. activity. The new coronavirus infection PHE has been in effect since January 2020.

Days before the end of PHE, the World Health Organization announced that the novel coronavirus no longer constitutes a global emergency, marking a symbolic end to the pandemic.


A few weeks earlier, President Biden signed into law a bill ending the national emergency in April, allowing the government to work with certain authorities to respond to the novel coronavirus that it otherwise could not. The decision comes months after Mr. Biden publicly declared “the pandemic is over” in an interview last September.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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