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White House Calls for July 4 Attendees to Get COVID Test

The White House wants everyone planning to attend its July 4 celebration on the South Lawn to get tested for the coronavirus and wear masks if not fully vaccinated.

“There is guidance that has been provided, which may be updated, but to all attendees, that include the guidance that they should be, they should get tested one to three days in advance of coming to the event,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, CNN reported. “If they are vaccinated, of course, they can abide by the public health guidelines that does not require mask-wearing. If they have not been vaccinated, they should wear a mask.”

The White House will host a celebration for thousands of essential workers and military families on Independence Day on the South Lawn in recognition of the country’s progress against the coronavirus It will be largest in-person White House event since Biden took office, CNN reported.

The president had targeted July 4 for having 70% of the U.S. population at least partially vaccinated. Though the country is unlikely to reach the goal, nearly 180 million, or about 54%, have gotten at least one vaccine dose as of Wednesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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