Capitol Police ordered to arrest visitors or staff members not wearing masks

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police announced Wednesday Congressional aides and visitors to the House side of the Capitol will be arrested if they’re not wearing masks.

Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger wrote in a letter to his officer corps “If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol.”

“Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry,” he added.

Per The Hill “The new policy has been hammered by House Republicans, who say it’s merely an effort by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to exert control over half of the Capitol. Still, she has law enforcement now on her side.”

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace tweeted in response “Madam Speaker, your insane power grab is showing. Today I’m not wearing a mask outside of the chamber b/c I follow science — not Pelosi. Come and get me.”