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White House orders staff to wear masks

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12.05.2020 - 11:33

White House staffers working in the West Wing are being asked to wear masks after two individuals working there tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a report published Monday.


The officials are being asked to wear face coverings whenever it is not possible to remain six feet apart from another individual, an internal memo obtained by the Hill website states.

The directive also urges staffers to "avoid unnecessary visits" to the White House, the Hill said. "We continue to encourage all [executive office of the president] staff to use a facial covering whenever social distancing is not possible," the memo says.

The new protocols are being instituted just days after two individuals who work with senior officials, including one of whom that works closely with President Donald Trump, tested positive.