Virginia Gov. Caught on Beach Without Mask After Demanding Residents Wear Them
Ralph Northam photographed on beach not wearing mask
Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recently urged residents to wear masks out in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, even going as far as floating the idea of making them mandatory.
Northan was prepared to make a determination about mandating face coverings in public, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
“Face coverings are an important part of the next steps. We’ll have more on that next week,” Northam said Friday.
But it seems the governor hadn’t ironed out the framework.
“We’re trying to work through some of the details,” Northam said.
“It’s an equity issue. We want to make sure everyone has access to a mask, and we also want to talk about how we enforce that,” he added.
But not long after Northam's remarks, he was photographed on Virginia Beach with his face on full display.
Virginia Gov Northam on the Virginia Beach boardwalk; no mask, no social distancing 🚓 pic.twitter.com/TURhdUD0zl— A (@johnwelIs) May 23, 2020
The Governor who had lengthened closure of “nonessential” commerce in his state faced backlash after being caught without a mask in public.
Here's Gov. Ralph Northam social distancing with a mask on at the beach today... you know... like he tells everyone else to do. pic.twitter.com/8IUEGYH0GI— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 23, 2020
Northam’s office responded to the publication of the photograph.
He apparently didn’t intend to encounter other people when he decided to visit a beach on Memorial Day weekend.
“The Governor has repeatedly encouraged wearing face coverings inside or when social distancing is impossible. He was outside today and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone,” his office said in a statement to WWBT.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a medical doctor, today in Virginia Beach. Care to report on it ? pic.twitter.com/oA7DP9CTLH— Mark Dunn (@MarkDunnGuitar) May 23, 2020
Virginia residents are ordered to keep six feet apart from one another.
The Democrat governor also discussed mandating masks for people who travel outside of their homes.
Northam didn’t see the need to heed his own advice despite being consistent with urging Virginians to cover their faces.
Earlier this month, Northam begged for help to execute his draconian lockdown order in the state, but a patriotic sheriff refused to enforce the measures.
Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins has rejected Gov. Northam's request for help enforcing his mandatory lockdown on certain businesses in the northern part of the state.
Jenkins announced that he would not enforce Northam’s partial lockdown order.
“Heads of law enforcement agencies in the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District were contacted today by the district health director, Dr. Wade Kartchner,” Jenkins said in a statement.
"The purpose was to request assistance on enforcement of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 61."