Curry: “Shaming each other is not helpful” after pictures posted by state lawmaker without mask at Pence event draws criticism

Curry: 'shaming each other is not helpful' after pictures posted by state lawmaker without mask at Pence event draws criticism

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Action News Jax confirms a local lawmaker who posted pictures of himself at last Saturday’s event for Vice President Mike Pence in Jacksonville, was exposed to COVID-19 at a Republican fundraising event two days earlier in Ponte Vedra Beach.

It appeared State Rep. Cord Byrd violated Jacksonville’s mask proclamation at the Pence event - something Mayor Lenny Curry reminds Jacksonville citizens about on social media almost daily.

“People shaming each other, I don’t think it is helpful,” said Curry during a Tuesday news conference. “If you see people in public together that aren’t wearing a mask, but they are 3 or 4 people, that can be a family,” Curry said.

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Action News Jax Ben Becker took a closer look at the pictures posted by Byrd on Twitter. One is with his wife, but it’s unclear if the people in the other pictures with Byrd and his wife are related to the Byrd family.

For two days, Becker has called and emailed Rep. Byrd to ask why he appeared to violate the mask mandate but has not received a response.

Becker is also working to confirm if Byrd is now in self-quarantine after being exposed to the virus.