Masking rules back in federal workplaces
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 29, 2021
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.