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White House Adopts Coronavirus-Related Press Restrictions

The White House is adopting new temporary restrictions on the press "while at the same time continuing to provide access to the press to cover the Trump Administration’s unprecedented actions to combat this pandemic."

To begin with, the White House applauded the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) for creating a temporary seating chart for the briefing room that reflects social distancing guidelines.

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To that point, the office of the press secretary announced that members of the press without a seat in that chart and are not participants in the in-house pool will not be allowed in the White House complex, with exceptions for some technicals or networks with stand-up positions on Pebble Beach (a paved spot (formerly gravel) near the West Wing from which media outlets do stand-ups).

And while the White House has been taking the temperatures of reporters, the policy is now official, with temperature-taking and a basic health screening. 

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.