“Masks are required while walking the floor/not at your desk,” Sean Giancola, publisher and chief executive of the tabloid, told staff in an August 12 memo.
The formal guidance attached to Giancola’s memo said employees must “mask up” and “cover [their] face when away from [their] desk or chatting with colleagues.”
The right-wing tabloid, for instance, has repeatedly questioned mask mandates and asserted they are not necessary, particularly for vaccinated people.
When the CDC said in July that it was recommending vaccinated people wear masks in areas with “substantial” and “high” community transmission of Covid-19, the Post called it “madness.”
The Post has also called for other agencies to lift their mask mandates.
In a July 7 article, the editorial board said it’s “time to scrap the mandate for masks on trains and buses.” That editorial said wearing a mask on public transit is “pointless and performative.”
The paper’s July 30 front page also carried a banner headline that said “INSANITY!” It highlighted the odds of a vaccinated person getting seriously sick with Covid-19 and asked, “So why the panic? Why new mask mandates? Why no common sense?”
The Post has published stories during the pandemic that question whether masks actually prevent the spread of Covid-19, even though public health officials, independent doctors, and studies have indicated they do.
The recent guidance from the Post also said employees are required to take a daily health screening “every day before entering the office.”
The memo from the Post, however, did not indicate that employees must be vaccinated to return to the office.