Northam's Maskless Beach Visit Criticized

May 24, 2020 - 6:31 pm
Governor Ralph Northam displays mask use during a briefing on coronavirus on April 6, 2020. (Governor's Facebook Page)

(Governor's Facebook Page)


Richmond, VA _  Days after hinting at a possible mandate on the wearing of masks in public to protect citizens from covid-19, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is, himself, under fire for failing to do just that during a weekend visit to Virginia Beach.

Photos of the Northam and his wife taking 'selfies' and other photos with beach visitors have since gone viral.

Northam's office issued a statement on Sunday regarding the incident:

"The Governor has repeatedly encouraged wearing face coverings inside or when social distancing is impossible. He was outside yesterday and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone. This is an important reminder to always have face coverings in case situations change — we are all learning how to operate in this new normal, and it’s important to be prepared."