'Rules for thee, not for me': Biden blasted for shopping indoors without face mask

Biden, 79, was caught on camera inside Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket island with his mask around his neck and not covering his mouth

                            'Rules for thee, not for me': Biden blasted for shopping indoors without face mask
Joe Biden was maskless inside Murray's Toggery Shop in Nantucket island despite a 'Face Covering Required' sign outside (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Joseph R Biden sparked outrage on social media after he was caught flouting an indoor mask mandate this weekend in Nantucket just hours after reportedly being "fully briefed" on the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and enforcing a travel ban from eight African countries.

The 79-year-old POTUS, who spent time with his family on the island this Thanksgiving weekend, was caught on camera inside Murray's Toggery Shop with his mask around his neck and not covering his mouth. At the same frame, a large 'Face Covering Required' sign could be seen on the front door of the shop. Nantucket brought back the indoor mask mandate earlier this month after scientists found a prevalence of the virus in island sewage, the Daily Mail reported.


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Biden has repeatedly told American citizens to wear masks indoors but was himself spotted maskless as he spent the Saturday shopping in Nantucket with his son Hunter and three of his grandchildren, including Hunter's infant son Beau. The President and one of his granddaughters, Finnegan, were later welcomed by Father John Murray for mass at St Mary Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church. 



Social media was inundated with criticisms of Biden, with many pointing out his apparent hypocrisy on masks.

"Once again, @JoeBiden is caught maskless while shopping in a store with a mask-required sign posted. I guess he thinks he's better than you and me. #RulesForTheeButNotForMe #LetsGoBrandon," one tweeted.

"BUSTED: Seemingly paying no heed to a sign stating 'required face-covering,'" another wrote.

"Be like joe and don’t comply to face masks indoors at Denver, Arapahoe, & JeffCo stores in Colorado!" someone else added.

"Biden stumbling maskless through a store with a sign on the door stating “masks required” clogged with masked shoppers, hours after imposing a racist travel ban on 8 African countries that just days ago were lauded for low vax & corresponding Covid numbers is peak 2021 dystopia," another chimed in.









According to the White House, Biden has been "fully briefed" on Omicron amid fears over the new mutant virus. Dr Anthony Fauci, the president's top health expert, said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the strain was already in the US. At least 61 new cases of Covid entered the Netherlands from South Africa, the Dutch health ministry said Saturday. Fauci was asked during an appearance on the Today Show Saturday morning if he thought Omicron had already entered the country. 'I would not be surprised if it is," he replied. "We have not detected it yet but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you're already having travel-related cases...it almost invariably is ultimately going to go all over. You have to be careful and assume that that's the case," he added, claiming that Omicron could have higher "transmissibility" and potentially "evade" vaccinations.

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