man with surgical mask (namtipStudio/

Masking rules back in federal workplaces

COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations—after dipping sharply a result of rising vaccination in the spring—are climbing again, in many areas across the country. Leading the way to this new and destructive trend? The Delta variant, of course. 

Predictably enough, the CDC issued new guidelines to guard against the variant, calling for masking up again in many indoor environments. And—as outlined in a new Federal News Network piece—federal agencies, with the Office of Management and Budget in the lead, are following up those new CDC recommendations with renewed restrictions on their worksites. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for example, has put in place requirements that on-site employees, contractors and visitors wear masks while indoors—no matter what their vaccination status. 

Similar restrictions at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are discussed and documented in the piece. 

Further revised recommendations, also to be taken into consideration and applied across agencies, are expected to be issued in the coming days by the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce, the piece reports.

Reader comments

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 Bobby

Apparently keeping your neighbors safe is considered "tyranny" by the ignorant and uneducated. Its a good thing out parents and grandparents didn't ha e that attitude of selfishness when they fought WWII!

Wed, Aug 4, 2021 Mark

The Delta variant can spread, even for the vaccinated asymptomatic. Please educate with the facts and science. It is frustrating as it revolves, but mask wearing is for the protection of all, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient for you.

Tue, Aug 3, 2021 pete

I shouldn't have to be forced to wear mask at this point. Should have the ability to choose.There are many ways to work.

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

That’s just all day stupid, you get vaccinated in order to go maskless, now they force you to wear them again, all day stupid

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Absolutely horrible, when will the tyranny of this administration cease.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above.

2021 Digital Almanac

Stay Connected

Latest Forum Posts

Ask the Expert

Have a question regarding your federal employee benefits or retirement?

Submit a question