White House Briefing Room Seating Chart Has Been Rearranged to Increase Social Distancing

The White House Correspondents Association has rearranged the seating in the White House briefing room to increase social distancing and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

There will now be one seat left empty between each reporter who attends.

The WHCA announced the revised seating chart on Sunday evening and told reporters that they should work remotely if at all possible.

“We understand these restrictions are deeply disruptive to our members and their ability to do their jobs,” WHCA President Jon Karl said in a statement. “But we are forced to take these steps to do our part to ensure that there is a healthy pool available to cover the president and inform the public during this critical time.”

The changes come amid other efforts to prevent those with the virus from entering the White House, including temperature screenings.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned against gatherings larger than 50 people for the next eight weeks.


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