Nine months removed from statements from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) putting an end to such measures, the warning is blatantly outdated – and is already causing a stir among reps.
As of Sunday, those looking to leave a comment, inquiry, or suggestion with the 33-year-old’s office are still greeted with the months-old phone message.
In it, an unspecified male staffer employed by the fourth-year Bronx representative touts how social distancing ‘is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.’
Not mentioned in the recording is how the CDC dropped its six-feet distancing requirement last August, bolstered by an assertion from the WHO last month that the COVID-19 pandemic was no longer a global health emergency.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office is still preaching social distancing restrictions, according to an automated phone message to her Washington, DC office
It comes as President Biden last year sensationally declared the US outbreak of the coronavirus to be fully under control, claiming in September that ‘the pandemic is over’. The president’s stance has been shared by several notable agencies including the CDC and WHO
‘Thank you for calling the office of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,’ the greeting, which comes after callers select ‘English’ out of two provided language prompts, begins.
‘Federal, state and local officials have advised that social distancing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
‘As such, staff in the congresswoman’s DC and district offices will shortly begin telecommuting,’ the recorded greeting continues.
‘Meetings and other business will be conducted by phone or video. Thank you for your understanding.’
The former bartender’s office did not immediately respond to a Sunday query from DailyMail.com asking why the pre-recorded message has yet to be changed, despite distancing being nixed from the stipulations aired by several respected agencies.
Along with the aforementioned groups, President Biden last year sensationally declared the US outbreak of the coronavirus was now fully under control, saying in a September 60 Minutes’ appearance that ‘the pandemic is over.’
At the time, the president conceded: ‘We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it… But the pandemic is over.’
Earlier this month, Biden approved legislation that made good on that assertion by officially declaring the country’s COVID-19 emergency to be at an end.
Enacted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 to add to the executive branch’s ability to allocate funds to combat the spread, it had been in place for more than three years, as nearly 7million lives were and are still being claimed by the virus.
The symbolic decision came as both cases and deaths for months have been on the decline, as an increasing amount of adults obtain some level of immunity to the virus from either vaccinations, prior infections – or both.
It was predated by an official assertion from the WHO director general himself days days earlier, in which disease official Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus proudly proclaimed that ‘life has been allowed to return to normal.’
It remains to be seen why Ocascio-Cortez – who was subject to scrutiny during the pandemic’s early-most days for flouting mask mandates and social distancing herself – has yet to amend her prerecorded caller greetings.
The Bronx and Queens representative, moreover, held a town hall meeting in her native New York Friday, where constituents were reportedly allowed to sit well within six feet of each other.
When asked about Ocascio-Cortez’s seemingly outdated message, fellow New York rep Nicole Malliotakis, of Staten Island, said the greeting was likely an oversight.
‘Maybe her office just needs to update its voicemail,’ Malliotakis told The New York Post Sunday.
‘But,’ she added, ‘the pandemic is over and all federal employees need to return to the office. They don’t get paid to sit home.
‘My office never closed to begin with.’
Meanwhile, another New York official’s office – that takes in $5million in taxpayer money annually – has also seemed to miss the memo outlining the pandemic being a thing of the past, and are still working remotely even after Biden’s rescinding of the emergency order.
That office belongs to Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who was elected in 2021 and is responsible for assisting the Big Apple’s roughly 9million residents with complaints.
Now already airing plans to run for governor, Williams, 47, for his entire tenure has allowed staffers to work from home, even after the president’s official declaration.
In previous months, those trying to call Williams’ office line would find themselves greeted with the following recorded greeting: ‘Our office is currently working remotely.’
Today, an amended message says: ‘Our office is currently working on a hybrid schedule.’
Meanwhile, as for Ocasico-Cortez, her aformentioned town hall in Corona, Queens, proved to be a facre Friday, as the firebrand was belittled by attendees as a ‘piece of sh*t’ and berated for her views on Ukraine, migrants, and drag queen story hours.
Ocasio-Cortez held a town hall meeting in her constituency in Corona, Queens, on Friday night
The meeting was bombarded with protesters, one man was escorted out after he called the congresswoman a ‘piece of sh*t’
AOC protesters demanded to know why the congresswoman continued to support sending billions to Ukraine while many are struggling in Queens and The Bronx
In social media posts heralding the event, AOC made no reference to the protesters
The meeting was held in a neighborhood that is part of the relatively new rep’s constituency – though ger constituents appeared to not be in a welcoming mood when the event moved to to the question and answer stage.
‘American citizens before migrants,’ one heckler yelled. Others chanted: ‘America first.’
Video shows one protester, wearing a Cuba t-shirt and waving miniature American flags, being led away by security after repeatedly calling AOC a ‘piece of sh*t’ and asking: ‘Where are you on the migrant issue?’
An Iraq veteran attempted to defend the Bronx-born Democrat by saying: ‘Immigrants have nothing to do with vets, it’s just an excuse. We all, for the most part, came through Ellis Island.’ At that point a protester interjected: ‘Legally!’
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