Dr. Anthony Fauci who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases dodged questions Friday on whether he would recommend states place limits on mass protesting just as they have with churches and funerals to curb the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus.

“Do protests increase the spread of the virus?” Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan asked plainly during a House hearing of the special select committee investigating the Trump administration’s pandemic response.

“I think I can make a general statement,” Fauci responded. “Crowding together, particularly when you’re not wearing a mask contributes to the spread of the virus.”

When Jordan asked the question again, Fauci appeared confused.

“I’m not sure what you mean.”

When Jordan repeated the question for a third time, Fauci called the question irrelevant.

“I don’t think that’s relevant,” Fauci said. “I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way.”

“Well you make all kinds of recommendations,” Jordan said. “I’m just asking you should we try to limit the protesting.”