After almost a year and a half of interruptions caused by the coronavirus epidemic, public tours of the White House will resume to a full operating schedule beginning the first month of next year.
When President Joe Biden assumed office, authorities strengthened virus measures at the Executive Mansion in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This resulted in the suspension of free tours of the Executive Mansion. On April 15, they started up again, although only in a restricted capacity, taking place only on Friday and Saturday mornings. Beginning on July 19, they will go back to their regular schedule of running Tuesday through Saturday, except days when the federal government is closed.
On Monday, the White House issued a statement in which it stated it would “continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with guidance based on recommendations from the CDC and other public health officials and medical experts, and reserves the right to adjust the availability of the public tours as necessary to adhere to the latest health guidance.”
According to the statement, anybody who has tested positive for COVID-19, has had any symptoms associated with the virus, or has been in close contact with someone who is suspected of having the virus “should remain home” for the ten days leading up to embarking on a tour.
In addition, face masks will be made available to those who want them; but, wearing them will not be required.
When Donald Trump was still serving as president and the epidemic was just beginning, he called off all of his public appearances for many months. In September 2020, he attempted to make it seem as if everything had returned to normal, but he did the exact same thing when Joe Biden was elected president.
After a break of two years, many activities held in the White House are back on the calendar for this year, including the annual Easter Egg Roll in April.