Mask wearing had been strongly encouraged but not enforced for lawmakers in the Capitol, while other workers and law enforcement officers were required to wear masks.
It follows an announcement earlier on Wednesday that the speaker would require all House members and aides to wear masks on the House floor after Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Gohmert said he wore a mask during the proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ordered Wednesday that all House members and staff must wear face coverings in House office buildings and will be asked to leave if they don't. She said failure to wear a mask is a "serious breach of decorum" and members could be removed from the chamber if they aren't wearing one. That mandate goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday. Members must be masked at all times unless they are speaking after official recognition on the House floor.
Hoyer urged him to vote by proxy under new rules pushed through by Democrats to allow lawmakers to skip travelling to Washington during the pandemic and instead deputise a colleague to cast votes on their behalf.
She said she expects everyone to "adhere to this requirement as a sign of respect for the health, safety and well-being of others present in the chamber and surrounding areas".
It's true it is possible you could touch something covered in the virus then rub it on the inside of your mask, but that's sort of like standing in dog poop then blaming your shoe. But a few have refused, including Kentucky Sen.
Previously, one of Trump's military valets and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary tested positive for the virus. There is no proven science saying that a person can not get the virus again.
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"A lot of people have made a big deal out of my not wearing a mask a whole lot, but in the last week or two I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months", Mr Gohmert told the KETK television network.
If you thought that testing positive for the virus might change his outlook on it or the importance of masks, you would be wrong.
Gohmert, 66, confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis on Wednesday in a video, saying he was tested twice for the virus, with both coming back positive.
Gohmert was on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing with U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
Lawmakers and Barr were seated more than 6 feet apart during his hearing, but reporters spotted a maskless Gohmert outside the hearing room exchanging words with Barr, whose face was also uncovered. Nadler did not call out Gohmert by name. "When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk". Many lawmakers have directed staff aides to work from home, and have instructed those who come in person to wear a mask at all times.
Many of those lawmakers who didn't consistently wear masks represent states that are now coronavirus hot spots, including Texas, Arizona and Florida.