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Biden is asking federal employees to prove Covid vaccine status or to comply with strict safety rules, the White House House says

President Joe Biden answers a question from the press while holding a mask on the arrival of Air Force One at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2021 as he travels to talk about the economy.

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Some state and regional leaders have already introduced new vaccination protocols. California and New York announced earlier this week that they will require either vaccination or mandatory weekly Covid tests from most state employees.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday re-enacted the requirement that masks be worn indoors, a measure that was lifted months earlier as new cases and deaths from Covid declined.

Some large private companies such as Facebook and Google also make it mandatory for employees in the USA to be vaccinated so that they can return to work.

In its own buildings, according to the White House, the federal government requires that every employee and contractor "confirms" or confirms their vaccination status on site.

Those who don't will have to wear a mask to work regardless of their location and have to take Covid tests once or twice a week, the White House said.

In addition, they have to physically distance themselves from all other employees and visitors and, according to the data sheet, can be confronted with restrictions on official travel activities.

Biden's government had previously advised federal agencies not to require vaccinations for field work.

The president also announced in May: "Those who are vaccinated do not have to wear a mask."

But after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted their guidelines on wearing masks indoors, Biden, who is fully vaccinated, said he would follow the agency's recommendations.

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