Members of Congress are no longer forced to wear masks, just in time for President Biden’s State of the Union speech Tuesday.
Capitol Physician Brian Monahan shared the new change with lawmakers on Sunday.
“Individuals may choose to mask at any time, but it is no longer a requirement,” Monahan wrote.
The Senate never adopted the mandate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) enforced.
Monahan said other “coronavirus risk reduction measures” would remain in place for Biden’s speech, “with the exception that, KN95 or N95 mask wear is no longer required and mask wear is now an individual choice option.”
Many online were quick to point out the political timing of it all.
The CDC also eased mask guidance Friday and several Democrat states have announced dropping mask mandates.
“The optics of a masked SOTU would kill them politically so, wouldn’t you know it, the science has coincidentally changed!” Mark Hemingway tweeted.