SEDALIA – Governor Mike Parson got some pushback from reporters on Tuesday, asking why he chose not wear a mask or social distance during Missouri Cattleman’s Association’s Steak Fry on Saturday in Sedalia. The governor tweeted pictures of the annual event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 12, 2020
“You know, it’s just a choice you got to make. The one thing I know when I go to an event like that, for example, I’m not gonna stand there for 10 minutes or 5 minutes and talk to anybody. I’m going to separate pretty quick,” Parson responded at his Tuesday press conference. “Believe me, if something happens and I feel like I get anything on me, we try to clean it as soon as possible, whether that’s going to a bathroom or hand cleaner. I’m trying to do everything I can as governor to make sure I’m protected when I go out there. Again, you can’t go out as the governor of Missouri and have people stay 6 feet away.”
Parson also referred to Dr. Randall Williams, the state’s health department director, that duration around individuals is also a factor in contracting COVID-19.