The Washington D.C. mayor’s office said lawmakers who went to the Atlanta funeral of Rep. John Lewis do not need to follow D.C. quarantine rules upon their return.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier issued a 14-day quarantine order to anyone traveling to a “high-risk area” upon entering the District, which includes Georgia.
Bowser’s Press Secretary Susana Castillo confirmed that attendees of the funeral do not have to follow the quarantine rules.
Dozens of members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, Maryland House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, paid their respects to Rep. Lewis at his funeral.
“Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”
Asked if Lewis’s funeral constituted “government activity,” Castillo responded: “Yes.”
Rep Lewis called the conscience of Congress, died on July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
After the United States Capitol, his body was returned to Atlanta for a funeral at that city’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy.