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Capitol Police Ordered To Arrest Maskless House Staff And Visitors

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U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) have been ordered to arrest visitors and staff members who fail to comply with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s renewed mask mandate, regardless of if they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

A bulletin for USCP says, “On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, should wear a mask in indoor spaces to reduce the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.”

“Based on this information, the Office of Attending Physician (OAP) advised that Congress follow the CDC’s guidance to require mask-wearing in interior spaces to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection,” the bulletin adds.  “Therefore, effective immediately, to promote the good health and well-being of our employees, all USCP personnel must wear a mask at all times when in interior spaces throughout the Capitol Grounds.”

The bulletin warns, “If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol. Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry.”


The stated reason for what has been
described by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) as “an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority” is the rise in the prevalence of COVID-19 variants.  However, a recent study from the U.K. found that vaccines are still “highly effective” against COVID-19 variants.

“This is such an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority to basically make our Capitol Police arrest staff members and report on members [of Congress],” Cammack said. “It’s absolutely unconscionable that this is where we’re at.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) made similar comments on Twitter, writing, “To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks. This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control.”