SC governor’s office responds to social media post of McMaster not wearing mask at church

Updated: Dec. 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WYFF) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster posted a picture on social media Sunday after a visit to an Upstate church that has received a lot of reaction on Facebook and Twitter.

The post shows a picture of the governor presenting the Order of the Palmetto to former Sen. Mike Fair at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

Neither of the men is seen wearing masks.

The Facebook post has received nearly 2,000 comments, 1,800 reactions and 330 shares.

It was a tremendous honor to present the Order of the Palmetto this morning to former Senator Mike Fair at Faith Baptist...

Posted by Henry McMaster on Sunday, December 13, 2020

Comments on the post range from those asking why the governor is not wearing a mask to others supporting the governor’s decision to not have a mask on in the picture.

Brian Symmes, communication director for the governor’s office said, “The governor always wears a face covering when he’s in close contact with others for an extended period of time and regularly takes it off to speak or take photos.”

On Sunday, DHEC reported 2,924 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 44 new deaths.

On Monday, DHEC reported 2,364 new cases and 11 new deaths.

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