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House of Representatives Not Returning to Washington Until at Least April 20

The U.S. House of Representatives will not be returning to Washington until at least April 20 amid the CCP virus pandemic, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) advised members on March 30.

Hoyers office told representatives on Monday that the House “is not expected to meet” before April 20, but noted that “if the House is required to take action on critical legislation related to the coronavirus response or other legislative priorities, members will be given sufficient notice to return to Washington, D.C.”

“This update does not mean that the House will come back on April 20,” a Democratic aide said. “It could be later depending on the circumstances.”

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump on Monday said that he will be extending his administrations “15 days to slow the spread” campaign for an additional month, meaning Americans will need to continue to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people; refrain from eating in bars, restaurants, and food courts; avoid non-essential travel; and not visit nursing homes until the end of April.

Trump cited a modeling estimate that suggests the peak in the death rate for the CCP virus will occur in two weeks, and urged Americans to follow the guidelines, which also include basic sanitary measures like washing hands frequently and not touching ones face, adding, “The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end.”

The Districts Mayor Muriel Bowser also issued a Stay-At-Home order at a press conference Monday, specifying that residents may only leave their homes for essential activities such as obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth; obtaining food and essential household goods; performing or accessing governmental functions; or for essential travel.

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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a news conference in Washington on March 7, 2020, to announce the first presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

Bowsers order will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020 and will continue through April 24, 2020, unless it is extended. Anyone who willfully violates the order may be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

“Our message remains the same: stay home,” said Bowser. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourseRead More – Source