The people shown on video and in photos at a May 20, 2021, event at the White House were not wearing masks because they were following CDC guidelines. As of May 13, 2021, the CDC said vaccinated individuals could gather indoors without masks.
President Joe Biden hosted an event in the East Room of the White House on May 20, and guests were not required to wear masks if they were fully vaccinated, per the CDC guidelines. Sixty-eight people attended, along with several dozen staff and journalists, the Wall Street Journal reported. Biden signed a bill at the event that focused on the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Republicans also were in the room without masks, including Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
According to news reports, those attending the event who were not vaccinated were instructed to wear masks and socially distance.