Missouri governor defends decision to go mask-free in public, says it’s ‘personal’ and not ‘government’s place to regulate’
- Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday defended his decision to go without a face mask when he visited a thrift shop in the city of Joplin.
- Parson said it wasn’t the “government’s place” to decide wither citizens needed to wear masks and that he chose not to.
- In photos shared to Twitter, Parson was one of just a few people seen without a face mask, not too dissimilar from recent photos of Vice President Mike Pence at the Mayo Clinic.
- “I think it’s up to the individual,” Parson said.
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday defended his decision not to wear a facial covering when he visited a thrift shop in the city of Joplin as the state relaxes its stay-at-home order and some businesses in the state begin to re-open.
“I chose not to,” Parson, said during a press conference in Jefferson City, Newsweek reported. “I think it’s up to the individual. I don’t think it’s government’s place to regulate that. It’s your personal responsibility. Common sense, self-discipline, your choice.”