A Message to RTCA Members Regarding Coronavirus Precautions on Capitol Hill
I met with Senate leadership staff and the Senate Sergeant at Arms office Friday to discuss the Coronavirus and its effect on Capitol operations.
They were concerned about media gaggles and both reporters and Senators safety as we all routinely stand in close proximity to each other.
We agreed that all parties should follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, limit attendance at large gatherings, practice good hygiene, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Most importantly, please stay at home if you are sick or have any of the symptoms related to the Coronavirus.
Additionally, the Senate and House Radio-TV Galleries will be issuing social distancing policies in its studios and potentially at stakeout locations. This guidance will come from the galleries directly.
I know practicing these guidelines can be difficult for all parties on Capitol Hill where our jobs rely on close proximity to each other, but the safety and well-being of our members and Senators and Representatives is of the highest priority.
May you and your loved ones be safe during these unprecedented times.
Executive Committee of Correspondents Chair
Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association