AUGUSTA– In Tuesday’s CDC briefing, Gov. Janet Mills described her reaction to Vice President Mike Pence visiting Hermon.
On Monday, hundreds lined up outside Dysart’s warehouse in Hermon to see Pence campaign for four more years of President Trump.
However, many of those people did not wear masks or practice social distancing, an element that Governor Janet Mills said she is not happy about.
“There have been a number of different gatherings for a number of different purposes, political, non political, and it’s disappointing that those gatherings are occurring. Whether it’s a march in Portland, a rally in Bangor, Brewer, Hermon or somewhere else in the state of Maine. We keep saying, please limit gatherings,” she said.
Her executive order limits outdoor gatherings to less than 100 people, a limit that was exceed in Pence’s visit and even in Donald Trump Jr’s visit to Holden in late September.
“I’m disappointed personally, I’m saddened, because Vice President Pence is the chair of the Coronavirus Task Force. We’re on the phone together every week,” Mills said.
She added that she even asked Pence what the Trump administration’s recommendations are for large gatherings.
“He paused and he said ‘It is our strong recommendation that people avoid large gatherings, keep distance, keep six feet of distance from other people and wear face-masks.’ I was disappointed when I heard he did not heed his own advice,” she said.
Mills urged the people who attended that gathering or other ones like it to be cautious and isolate themselves.
“Get tested because they’ve probably have been exposed to any number of people who’ve been carrying the virus, which is too bad,” she said.