shows a man at a podium holding up a face mask used as a COVID preventive as he speaks from behind a podium.

Gov. Roy Cooper holds up a mask pulled from his pocket during his media briefing on June 8, making the point that North Carolinians should be wearing masks when they’re out and about in public. “Especially if you are a leader, set a good example. Sports figures, entertainers, civil rights leaders, preachers, CEOs, legislators all should demonstrate that wearing a mask and standing apart is a sign of strength and caring,” he said. “Your followers are watching you, and their lives may depend on your example.”
Cooper has come in for criticism after he was photographed with his mask hanging off last week as he joined demonstrators marching around the governor’s mansion. Screengrab from UNC-TV

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