The Mexican government official heading up efforts to deal with the pandemic has been spotted at a Pacific coast beach, apparently sitting at sea-side restaurant without a face mask on
Assistant Health Secretariat Hugo López-Gatell has repeatedly counselled Mexicans to stay at home, not to go out and not to travel.
He has also cast doubt on how whether face masks protect people from catching coronavirus.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not seem too worried about the revelation Monday, calling López-Gatell “a good public servant.”
Over the weekend, local media posted photos of López-Gatell sitting in the open-air restaurant, reportedly in the laid-back beach resort of Zipolite, in southern Oaxaca state, which has mandatory rules about face masks.
But Oaxaca state spokesman Francisco Vallejo said customers at restaurants are allowed to take off their masks when dining, and said the state’s beaches, while regulated, were not closed.