White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said in a statement to CNN that the White House “maintains strong protocols related to Covid-19 in order to create a safe workplace for its employees,” such as the port mandatory mask, social distancing and “regular testing”.
“Our testing protocol is informed by a range of factors, including an employee’s immunization status, and is just one of many measures in place to mitigate risks in the workplace,” said Munoz .
Before the change, only those who had contact with a top executive – like President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris or other senior executives – were tested daily. If a staff member was not going to come into contact with these people, they were already not being tested daily.
Masks have been mandatory, Covid-19 tests have been extended and room capacity measures have been put in place. Zeke Miller, chairman of the White House Correspondents Association, said in January that “things are different” in the White House now that Biden has taken over, adding that “all of these things make this place of work a little safer “.
The situation in the White House reflects the state of the pandemic in the country as a whole, as many states and cities relax certain Covid protocols. However, concerns remain about the possibility of another spike due to variants of the virus.
The administration is investing billions of dollars to boost coronavirus preparedness, speed up the pace of vaccinations and work to prepare the public and governors for the prospect of a new wave. Officials combed the data to chart the trajectory of the virus, drawing up different scenarios and making plans for how the federal government would step into action.
This story has been updated with additional information.