While in Nantucket on Saturday, President Joe Biden was seen in a store without a mask. A large sign on the door of the establishment noted that face coverings were required inside.
Photos taken of the president show him wearing a black mask around his neck, with his mouth and nose uncovered while inside Murray’s Toggery Shop on the island. A large sign on the door, featured in the pictures that have been spread around on social media, read: “REQUIRED FACE COVERING.”
The mask policy set by the souvenir and clothing store on Nantucket’s Main Street follows the island’s current mask mandate. Due to an increase in COVID-19 found in the sewer system, the local Board of Health reimposed the mandate earlier this month.
Biden was seen at the Nantucket store as he spent Thanksgiving with his family at the home of David Rubinstein, a private-equity billionaire. While on the island, he attended a tree-lighting ceremony.
The president has been criticized at times for not following local mask mandates as he continually calls on Americans to wear face coverings. At a Washington, D.C. restaurant in October, he was spotted walking through the establishment without a mask.
Biden, who received his booster shot in September, called for a three-month nationwide mask mandate in August, and he stressed earlier this year that mask wearing would be imperative throughout the entirety of 2021. “You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives – a significant number of lives,” he commented in February.