The actor owned up to the mistake, telling People on January 12 that it was “an error in judgment.” He then added, “Be safe out there everyone and let’s continue to mask up.”
Los Angeles County in particular—where Willis was photographed without a mask—has over 930,000 coronavirus cases, according to People. The state of California has over 2 million cases. So, in other words, taking precautions like wearing a mask and social distancing are more vital than ever.
Bruce Willis isn’t the first celebrity to raise eyebrows for not wearing a mask in public. Several stars who attended the 2020 CMA Awards in November were photographed not social distancing or wearing masks, instead opting for a cumbersome mask-like cover they had to hold the entire time.
“Am I the only person on here who is wondering why NOBODY in the audience socially distant of course are wearing masks at the CMA awards?!?!!!” one fan tweeted.
Another added, “Wtf were they thinking? No masks, indoors – IDGAF if everyone tested ‘negative’ before the event. Rapid tests are garbage, and see The White House for how well relying on those tests works out.”
Of course, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are now rolling out. However, it’s unclear when they will be available to the general public. So for now, as Mr. Willis said in his statement, mask up.