Pelosi announced on the House floor today that all members will be required to wear a mask and one will be provided if they forget.
"Members and staff will be required to wear masks in the halls of the House", Pelosi said during remarks on the House floor, adding that lawmakers can temporarily take off their masks when speaking. "All Members and staff are expected to adhere to this requirement as a sign of respect for the health, safety, and well-being of others present in the Chamber and surrounding areas". She said failure to wear a mask is a "serious breach of decorum" and members could be removed from the chamber if they aren't wearing one.
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-New York) reprimanded several Republicans for removing their masks during the hearings, although he did not explicitly call out Gohmert.
Returning to the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday in spite of the diagnosis he had just received, Gohmert was interviewed by a Texas news station about what had just happened. Lawmakers soon became increasingly alarmed at the potentiality of exposure to the disease, as many are of old age and would be at high risk of falling severely ill should they contract the virus, according to CDC guidance.
Another committee Democrat, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, tweeted that lawmakers should "wear a damn mask!" "So the only reason we would wear masks is if we were trying to protect ourselves from you, in the media, and we're not scared of you".
Today it's the turn of Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert, who frequently walks around the Capitol vocally eschewing the need to wear a mask.
An aide quickly disclosed afterward to Politico that Gohmert requires full staff to show up to his Capitol office so they "could be an example to America on how to open up safely" and that they were often berated for wearing face-coverings.
Previously, one of Trump's military valets and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary tested positive for the virus.
As recently as Tuesday, Gohmert participated in multiple committee hearings on Capitol Hill, at times without a mask.
Multiple GOP senators said Wednesday they were pushing McConnell to allow expanded testing. In the spring, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., jointly rejected an offer from the Trump administration to use the kind of rapid response tests it has, saying the limited capacity of those tests should be reserved for essential workers and others in more dire circumstances. Meanwhile, several members who had contact with Gohmert announced they will self-quarantine. "I am very glad the Speaker did what she did".