WH Briefing Room Returns to Full Capacity on Monday

The White House press briefing room will return to full capacity on Monday, the White House Correspondents Association said in a memo sent to reporters Sunday, The Hill reports.

The association also said the seating chart before the coronavirus crisis will return and that it will start a review of permanent seating towards the end of this year.

More than 98% of the approximately 500 members in the association who responded to a recent survey said they were fully vaccinated, according to the organization.

The WHCA also said all other limitations concerning press capacity on the grounds of the White House will also be lifted on Monday, including on the North Lawn and at indoor press workspaces, which will also go back to assignment orientation as they were before the pandemic.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, our priority has been to keep journalists safe, while ensuring that the critical work of informing the public could continue uninterrupted,” the WHCA said in its memo. “We appreciate the sacrifices made by every member of the press corps and we thank you all for your cooperation over the last 15 months.” 

The White House had indicated in recent weeks that a a return to full operations

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