Dear Colleague to All Members on Health & Safety Guidelines

January 4, 2021
Press Release

Dear Colleague,

With a sense of urgency, I write about respecting proper health and safety guidelines on the Floor, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unexpected intervention yesterday evening relating to not seating Members from states subject to an Electoral count challenge resulted in Members ignoring the Floor procedures that were established to keep Members safe.  The intervention was not an invitation to gather on the Floor.

As we go forward, please note with respect the guidance set forth by the Office of the Attending Physician and the Sergeant at Arms.  When staff urge you to leave the Floor, it is not a suggestion.  It is a direction, in the interest of keeping the Congress healthy and intact.

As Members of Congress, we are considered essential workers.  We must take our responsibility seriously to:

-Wear masks at all times

-Respect social distancing

-Limit the number of Members on the Floor

Thank you for your cooperation for a safe and productive 117th Congress.


Speaker of the House