UPDATED 12:55 PM PT — Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Moving forward, the White House will no longer require employees to use face masks.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed this change in protocol on Wednesday. She has said the use of masks is still recommended, but not mandatory.
Her remarks signaled a reversal of the requirement listed in a memo earlier this year, which required the use of facial coverings when staffers are away from their desks or cannot practice social distancing. That order came after two White House employees tested positive for the virus.
According to the press secretary, the White House now has enough safeguards in place to stop that from happening again.
“The White House is confident that we have enough testing to identify asymptomatic individuals, that we have therapeutics that are promising,” stated McEnany. “We are working on a vaccine with project Warp Speed that we hope will be there by the end of the year.”
The policy change comes as states across the nation continue to ease coronavirus restrictions.