When President Biden arrives to give his speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, he will be masked as he enters what will be a noticeably less crowded, more socially distanced House chamber. Here, Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House.

FILE – In this April 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, in Washington. Biden spent his first 100 days encouraging Americans to mask up and stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. His task for the next 100 will be to encourage the opposite behavior and manage the nation’s transition back to normalcy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)