Police are searching for a man who they say spat at two women several times and then told them he had tested positive to Covid-19.
In a video shared on social media by Ashburnham Police Department two women hiking along the Hudson Overlook in Massachusetts, US were confronted by a man in a party of other hikers who questioned the pair for not wearing face coverings.
After arguing back and forth, the man can be seen taking his mask off before spitting at the women several times and stating that he has Covid.
"You're not wearing a mask?" the man asks the women filming.
"I don't care, I'm not gonna wear a mask when I'm outside,” one of the women responds.
"That's not the law, that's not the law... selfish is what it is, completely irresponsible," the man responds walking away.
"Thank you so much for your input," the woman filming replies.
Moments later the man turns around and heads toward the women and pulls his mask down, a female with the man tries to pull him back but he continues to walk forward.
“Ok, I have Covid,” the man says before spitting just a short distance from the women.
He walks forward spitting again and repeating himself.
“I’ve been tested positive,” he says before spitting a third time.
"Are you ok?" one of the women asks.
"No, you won't be soon," he replies before walking away.
According to local outlet Boston.com a new order came into effect on November 6 requiring all residents across Massachusetts over the age of five to wear a face mask in public at all times.
Ashburnham Police officer Chris Conrad condemned the man’s behaviour to CBS Boston.
“That’s not the right approach to deal with anything. It was hostile, it was inappropriate, it was threatening and it could even be assaultive,” Mr Conrad said.
Police are now searching for the man who they say could face a charge of assault and a charge of false threat of a biological agent.
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