Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam has now ordered all Virginians to wear face masks in public. Just two days ago, the governor was spotted at a beach, not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.

Doesn’t this send a rather mixed message?

David Hogberg of the Washington Examiner has the story on the new order:

Ralph Northam orders Virginians to wear masks in public

Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday ordered Virginia residents to wear masks in indoor public areas to combat the coronavirus.

Virginians over the age of 10 will be required to have a face covering when using public transportation and visiting salons, barbershops, and retail stores. Masks also must be worn in restaurants, except when eating.

The announcement, which Northam strongly hinted at last week, comes as he faces criticism for not wearing a mask at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach over the Memorial Day weekend.

Caitlin McFall of FOX News reported on the beach incident over the weekend:

Virginia Gov. Northam criticized after not wearing mask or social distancing on beach

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam faced criticism on social media after appearing in Virginia Beach Saturday without a face mask and not practicing social distancing measures around members of the public.

Northam reportedly visited the beach with Mayor Bobby Dye on the second day of the beach’s reopening, according to local news outlet 13News Now. Virginia Beach’s reopening is considered a test to see if people can safely follow social distancing rules before other beaches in Virginia reopen.

But Northam, who previously served as an Army doctor, came under fire when images of him surfaced on social media not wearing a face mask and apparently in close contact with other community members.

See the photos in the tweets below:

Do as Ralph says, not as Ralph does.


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