Capitol Hill staffers: tell us how your office is handling the Delta variant and new COVID-19 protocols

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi puts on her face mask on July 30, 2021.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi puts on her face mask on July 30, 2021. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

COVID-19 is back at the Capitol.

With the Delta variant of the coronavirus surging in the US, the Office of the Attending Physician announced this week that masks would once again be required when visiting the House of Representatives. The notice followed recent Centers for Disease Control guidance that even vaccinated people should resume wearing masks indoors in certain circumstances because they may transmit the Delta variant.

On Capitol Hill, the move prompted partisan debate, with Democrats and Republicans firing insults at each other over the reinstated mandates.

As lawmakers duke it out, Insider wants to hear from the thousands of staff who work for them about how their offices are handling the latest surge of COVID-19 – and whether they feel safe working in Congress or their district office. We’ll keep you anonymous.

What are your office’s COVID-19 policies and procedures? How have they changed due to the Delta variant? How are the protocols being communicated in your office? How do you feel about the changing policies?

If you have a copy, send a picture or screenshot. (If your office doesn’t have any rules, that’s worth telling us too.)

Email us at [email protected] or message us on Signal at 1-202-567-7343.

We’re also interested in hearing about the following if you have information:

  • Does your office require you to be vaccinated? If so, do they verify?
  • Is your office or committee complying with the newly-reinstated House mask mandate and CDC recommendations? Yes, or no?
  • Have there been COVID-19 outbreaks among staffers in the last two weeks? Have you or others had to quarantine because of potential exposure?
  • Is your office making it mandatory to work in person? Is your office mandating masks?
  • Do you agree with the new mask guidelines in the House? Why or why not?

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