Surgeon General Reminds WH That COVID Restrictions Apply There Too

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - MARCH 09, 2020: Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States speaks at the Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference.
Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, speaks at the Coronavirus Task Force press conference on March 9, 2020. (Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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November 23, 2020 12:52 p.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams emphasized on Monday morning that health safety measures apply to everyone, including at White House, ahead of first lady Melania Trump’s indoors “holiday reception” slated for next week.

“Good Morning America” host Cecilia Vega asked Adams about the danger of the party potentially becoming a superspreader event.

“We want everyone to understand that these holiday celebrations can be superspreader events, so we want them to be smart and we want them to be as small as possible,” Adams replied.

The health official pointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines on holiday festivities, which urge people to keep the gatherings small and limited to those living in the same household.

“These apply to the White House, they apply to the American people. They apply to everyone,” he continued.

The party will be held at the White House on November 30, according to the invitation sent from the first lady obtained by ABC News and Axios.

Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s chief of staff, told TPM in an emailed statement that the White House will be providing “the safest environment possible” for party attendees by having “smaller” guest lists, requiring masks, and other measures.

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