WH Memo Directs Everyone To Wear Masks When Entering West Wing

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: Reporters, including the AP's Zeke Miller (C), wear face masks to reduce the chance of spreading the novel coronavirus pandemic during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at t... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: Reporters, including the AP's Zeke Miller (C), wear face masks to reduce the chance of spreading the novel coronavirus pandemic during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House May 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany talked about the bad jobs report due to COVID-19 and the Department of Justice's dropping of charges against former national security advisor Michael Flynn. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 11, 2020 3:28 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The White House is requiring everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or face covering after coronavirus scares near President Donald Trump.

A memo sent to all staff outlined the new directive Monday after two staffers last week tested positive for COVID-19.

The memo says: “We are requiring everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or facial covering.”

Staff will be allowed to remove their face coverings if they sit at least six feet apart from their colleagues.

The directive is meant to protect the president, who has refrained from wearing a mask in public and in private.

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