Mr. Biden was spotted Saturday inside Murray’s Toggery Shop with his mask around his neck and not covering his mouth despite a large sign on the store’s door instructing customers to wear a mask.
The store’s policy follows the local guidelines established by the Nantucket Board of Health amid a local uptick in COVID-19 cases.
“The president is someone who follows the advice and recommendations of the CDC. I don’t know what the circumstances were at that particular moment,” she said.
“Our recommendation and advice continue to be for people to wear masks when they are required in establishments. I don’t know what this establishment was. The president obviously follows the advice of his health and medical team,” she continued.
Mr. Biden has been criticized repeatedly for not obeying mask mandates while urging Americans to wear a mask. Earlier this month, the president shook hands and posed for selfies while maskless at a General Motors plant in Detroit.
When asked if the maskless appearances undercut the president’s message urging all Americans to wear masks, Ms. Psaki demurred.
“The American people and all of you see the president wearing a mask every time he goes out to an event, when he is sitting in a meeting and he will continue to model behavior he hopes the American people will follow,” she said.
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