Mike Pence tours Mayo Clinic without mask despite Covid-19 risk

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In this pool image, Vice President Mike Pence Visits the Mayo Clinic Rochester Facilities, April 28, 2020. Pence is surrounded by 9 other people with masks including a patient.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday toured the Mayo Clinic without wearing a mask despite that renowned medical facility telling him that masks are required for visitors there.

Video from a journalist pool camera at the Mayo Clinic at one point shows that 10 people in the area around Pence, including a patient, were wearing masks and personal protective equipment.

Pence leads President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.

In this pool image, Vice President Mike Pence Visits the Mayo Clinic Rochester Facilities, April 28, 2020.

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The Mayo Clinic, which is located in Rochester, Minn., is requiring all patients, visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask to slow the spread of Covid-19.

It said in a Twitter post that it had informed Pence of its policy mandating mask before he toured the facility.

About a half hour after that tweet was posted, it was deleted by the Mayo Clinic.

The facility’s web page, in guidance for visitors says: “Mayo Clinic is requiring all patients, visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Other video shows people wearing masks when they greeted Pence at an airport. The vice president was not wearing a mask when he got off his plane and headed to the Mayo Clinic.

CNBC has requested comment from Pence’s office and the Mayo Clinic.

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