Moe apologizes for ‘error in judgement’ after posing for picture without wearing mask
Premier Scott Moe apologized for what he called “my error in judgement,” after posing for a photo with some small-town business operators without wearing a mask.
A photo was shared Sunday on Facebook, capturing Moe, wife Krista and the operators of Lil Bean Ice Cream in Rosthern — with none of them wearing protective masks that have become recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moe said he and his wife were happy to take the photo “as a show of support for a local business.
“While we were outside and together only briefly to take the picture, I recognize that we should have stood further apart in order to practice proper physical distancing,” Moe said in a statement.
“I regret that my error in judgement has caused difficulty for a small business started by two young entrepreneurs.”
The post was pulled Monday by both the business’s Facebook page and Moe’s social media feeds.
The province — including Moe — have been stressing the importance of wearing masks and physical distancing. Just two days earlier, Moe on Twitter continued to stress the importance of vigilence.
“When we let our guard down, COVID spreads. When we maintain good physical distancing, hygiene and sanitizing practices, we stop the spread,” he tweeted.
The day before, Moe urged people to keep “physical distancing, frequently washing & sanitizing your hands, avoiding large gatherings, limiting your number of contacts & wear a mask when distancing may be difficult.”