Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger today said his officers are not intending to make arrests over violations of mask rules in the House.
"We do have the responsibility to enforce the rules here," Manger told CNN's Jake Tapper. "Whether a person wears the mask or doesn't wear a mask, it is not a law it is a rule."
"Our role is to encourage people to comply with the rule," he said. "If they don't, we give them the alternative, they can comply or they have to leave."
Manger went on to suggest he's directed officers to avoid arrests if possible.
"The last thing anybody wants is for somebody to be arrested in a situation like that," he said. "...It hasn't happened yet... I don't imagine there being any, but it is up to officers to make sure that they are complying with that mandate."
Earlier today, many House Republicans purposefully defied mask rules reinstated by Capitol Attending Physician Dr. Brian Monahan, appearing on the floor maskless.
This is the latest sign of the deep divide and tension between Republicans and Democrats in the House on how to handle the Covid-19 pandemic and various other issues, with it even festering at the top, between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.