Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has temporarily suspended in-person lunches for the GOP caucus, Politico reported Saturday.
Driving the news: The move comes as the U.S. experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, and after several senators tested positive for COVID-19 or self-quarantined due to exposure in recent weeks.

  • No COVID-19 cases have been linked to GOP lunches or floor activity, Politico reported, citing a Senate leadership aide.
  • Senate Republicans have held socially distanced lunches since May, while Senate Democrats have held their weekly caucus lunches by phone, per Politico.
  • McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

What’s next: The Senate is scheduled to return from its Thanksgiving break on Monday.