COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Despite his urging that South Carolina residents wear masks in public to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Henry McMaster flouted his own recommendations during Thursday’s Republican National Convention.
McMaster was spotted multiple times in photographs and television coverage without a face covering, in close proximity to others. According to the Associated Press, over 1,000 people were in attendance, which is much larger than the current 250-person limit for events he’s set for South Carolina.
Mass gathering locations like concert venues, stadiums, racetracks and festivals in South Carolina can reopen, but everyone must also wear masks. Capacity is limited to 50% or 250 people, whichever is smaller.
McMaster can be seen in CNN coverage without a mask on in the photo below and the video above, provided to News13 by CNN.
The governor attended President Donald Trump’s speech to close out the festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. A photo posted on Twitter by a former McMaster staffer, taken from television coverage, clearly showed the governor not wearing a mask.
Many of McMaster’s executive orders during the pandemic have referenced the need to practice social distancing and, in places where that’s not possible, wear a mask.