Politics DHS imposes mask mandate for employees

19:21  28 july  2021
19:21  28 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

DHS terminating two border wall contracts

  DHS terminating two border wall contracts The Biden administration on Friday canceled two border wall contracts in the Laredo sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, saying those sections of wall are "not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements."The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would terminate the contracts, the first of their kind to be nixed under a border barrier policy announced in June. The two contracts called for 31 miles of border barrier to be constructed along the Rio Grande, but neither construction nor land acquisition had started.

All employees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be required to wear masks indoors and physically distance beginning on Wednesday, regardless of their vaccination status, Reuters reported.

a sign on a wooden surface: DHS imposes mask mandate for employees © Greg Nash DHS imposes mask mandate for employees

The new mandate was issued a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance to say that fully vaccinated people should wear face coverings in "public, indoor settings" in parts of the country with "substantial" or "high" levels of transmission.

The CDC guidance, which contrasts with the agency's May announcement that fully inoculated people do not have to wear masks or maintain physical distance when indoors, comes as the highly infectious delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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It also follows news that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas would be working from home this week after coming into "close contact" with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He is quarantining at home.

DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said on Tuesday that Mayorkas had tested negative for COVID-19 twice and was not showing any symptoms.

Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, recently postponed a "State of Homeland Security" speech he was slated to deliver on Thursday, an administration official told Politico.

Additionally, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reportedly postponed a key business meeting on Wednesday because of possible COVID-19 exposure, according to The Washington Post. The committee was scheduled to consider President Biden's nominee for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

'People who do not want to be vaccinated may go elsewhere': Court backs Indiana University mandate .
An appeals court judge denied a group of students' request to block Indiana University's COVID-19 mandate ahead of the fall semester.That was the message delivered by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling issued Monday that will allow the public university's requirement that all students and employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall semester to stand.

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