No Mask or Vaccination Requirement for the General Assembly will Make It Difficult for Some Virginian’s to Make Their Voice Heard.

Richmond, Virginia—In a recently released outline issued by the House of Delegates and Speaker Designee Todd Gilbert to address COVID-19 policies and procedures during the 2022 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly, masks and vaccines are not mandatory. 

In the 7 page framework that lists various ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as “reduced” seating capacity, “temperature checking stations,”  “additional housekeeping” and  “rigorous cleaning”, lobbyists, visitors, and the public are asked to refrain from entering “if not feeling well”, and are not required to wear a mask or show proof of vaccination.

“The General Assembly continues to be a tremendous opportunity for people in our community to do their civic duty and participate meaningfully in the political process.” LaTwyla Mathias, Executive Director at Progress Virginia said. “Making us choose between letting our voices be heard or protecting our health is unconscionable, especially when many people have children still too young to be vaccinated. A virtual environment is the safest scenario for everyone involved. Not requiring vaccines or masks is dangerous for community members wanting to participate in this process, as well as cruel to healthcare workers who have spent the last two years in hospitals that are over capacity, caring for those who are and will become infected.”


  • As of today, a total of 1,221,036 cases have been confirmed in the state of Virginia