Miss. Gov. Reeves apologizes for not wearing face mask at funeral

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves speaks about his executive order relaxing restrictions on nightclubs and bars during the daily COVID-19 news update in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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UPDATED 8:15 AM PT — Friday, June 19, 2020

The governor of Mississippi recently expressed regret over not wearing a face mask while attending a funeral for a fallen law enforcement officer.

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) was pressed on the matter in a news conference Thursday. The day before, Reeves had attended a funeral with hundreds of others and was seen hugging people while not wearing a mask.

This came shortly after he expressed concern over people neglecting to take precautions against the coronavirus. The governor apologized, but said he stands by his decision to attend the funeral.

“I did have a mask. It was in my pocket. I should have put it on. The fact of the matter is if you all want to shame me for the way in which I handled it, go for it. That’s part of your job. But I will not apologize for attending this funeral for this slain law enforcement officer.”

Gov. Reeves is now encouraging people to take extra caution to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

RELATED: White House employees no longer required to wear masks, says press secy.

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