Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was seen putting on a mask for a photo op on the steps of the Capitol on Monday.
The New York representative took part in a demonstration — while not wearing a mask — calling for an extension of a national eviction moratorium.
Despite being filmed across the previous 45 minutes without a mask, Ocasio-Cortez put a mask on as demonstrators assembled on the steps for a photo at the demonstration’s conclusion. Virtually all persons seen in attendance were maskless during the event and photo op.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) similarly put on a blue surgical mask for the purposes of being photographed while being unmasked during the event. Moments after the photo was taken, he pulled the mask below his chin.
The newest “guidance” for mask-wearing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — ostensibly issued to reduce coronavirus transmission — advises Americans to “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission” regardless of vaccination status.