The White House has asked everyone attending its July 4 celebration on Sunday on the South Lawn to get tested for Covid-19 before the event and wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
“There is guidance that has been provided, which may be updated, but to all attendees, that include the guidance that they should be, they should get tested one to three days in advance of coming to the event. If they are vaccinated, of course, they can abide by the public health guidelines that does not require mask wearing. If they have not been vaccinated they should wear a mask,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One.
The White House is hosting a celebration for thousands of essential workers and military families on July Fourth on the South Lawn to mark the country’s progress in its fight against Covid-19. It will be the largest in-person White House event since Biden took office.
The Biden administration is racing to get more of the eligible population vaccinated to try to prevent the rise and spread of even more concerning new variants.
Federal officials are pointing to the emerging B.1.617.2, or Delta, variant, which was first identified in India, as yet another reason to get vaccinated.