After President Trump tested positive for coronavirus, National Security Council staff are reportedly being required to follow tighter rules at the White House, while White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said White House staffers will continue to follow the same protocols it has to this point, which does not include mandatory mask-wearing.
Effective immediately, National Security Council staff are required to wear masks in all White House common areas and any place social distancing is not possible, additionally staffers are requested not to visit the West Wing unless it is required, according to a staff memo obtained by CNN.
McEnany told Fox News the White House already follows public health procedures, including wearing masks when social distancing is not possible, and will move forward with the same guidelines.
However, a senior White House official told the Associated Press that mask-wearing would remain a “personal choice” for staffers
White House staff and guests have been seen sitting or standing close together at events in recent weeks, including at a Rose Garden event to announce the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. At least seven people who attended have tested positive: Trump, the first lady Melania Trump, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, an unnamed journalist who works at the White House, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Tillis and Lee, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Barrett this week.