The White House will require daily testing for coronavirus and N95 masks for staffers in a bid to model good pandemic behavior, according to press secretary Jen Psaki.
She said the new rules also include stringent requirements on social distancing.
Psaki said President Joe Biden "has asked us also to be models to the American people" -- a contrast to the previous administration, which largely ignored government mask and social distancing recommendations.
Psaki also said the administration will resume regular briefings with public health officials in addition to the daily White House press briefings.
“We'll have more to share with you in the next few days, hopefully before the weekend, but what we plan to do is not just return these daily briefings … but also to return briefings with our health officials and public health officials,” Psaki said at her first White House briefing.
“We want to do those regularly, in a dependable way with data shared with all of you and with the public, so that they can also track progress we're making on getting the pandemic under control.”
Psaki said that the White House will combat misinformation by giving accurate information to the American people “even when it is hard to hear.”
The Trump administration had briefings with health officials regularly last spring when the coronavirus pandemic initially took hold, however those briefings were often not entirely focused on the pandemic as then-President Donald Trump led them awry.
Those regular briefings ended in April after Trump suggested injecting disinfectant could be a cure for coronavirus.