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.
Today we saw 489 new COVID-19 cases—a large number by any measure. I’m concerned that people are losing interest in the effort to keep each other safe. We are all tired and ready to be done, but the virus doesn’t care. Please be on your guard—small efforts have a big impact!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) June 17, 2020