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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified federal agencies that in areas with significant or high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community, they will use masks indoors for all staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status Federal buildings must require seen an email from Reuters.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines on Tuesday that vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas with significant or high COVID-19 transmission.
In an email sent to all federal agencies late Tuesday, OMB assistant director of management Jason Miller said, in accordance with CDC guidelines, "In areas of significant or high community transmission, agencies must all For federal employees, site contractors, and visitors regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in federal buildings. As of today, this includes the Washington, DC area. "
It added that people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to physically distance themselves in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The CDC said Tuesday that at least 63% of US counties are classified as significant or high risk.
President Joe Biden's administration on Monday requested that all Veterans Affairs staff be vaccinated, and on Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security said in a Twitter post that all 240,000 workers must wear a mask indoors and at physical distance, effective immediately regardless of the vaccination status.
As the virulent delta variant of the coronavirus blazes through parts of the United States and vaccinations are delayed, the federal government is again trying to contain the pandemic that began more than a year ago in hopes of avoiding future nationwide shutdowns.
Biden is expected to announce additional mandates for federal agencies on Thursday.
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