Bruce Willis Says Not Wearing a Mask in Public 'Was an Error in Judgment'

The actor was photographed leaving a Rite Aid in Los Angeles without a mask on Sunday

Bruce Willis is speaking out after he was photographed entering and leaving a California pharmacy without a face mask on Sunday.

"It was an error in judgment," Willis tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

He adds, "Be safe out there everyone and let's continue to mask up."

The 65-year-old star was photographed leaving a Rite Aid in Los Angeles wearing a black jacket, a striped T-shirt, jeans and a scarf around his neck.

The actor was reportedly asked to leave the store by an employee, according to Page Six.

On Tuesday, the Die Hard star began trending on Twitter as the photo circulated with social media users criticizing the actor for forgoing a face mask.

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California has over 2 million COVID-19 cases with over 930,000 of those in Los Angeles County, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Towards the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Willis' wife Emma Heming Willis and their two daughters Mabel, 8, and Evelyn, 5, were at home in Los Angeles while the actor joined his ex-wife Demi Moore and their daughters Rumer, 32, Scout, 29, and Tallulah, 26, at the family's home in Idaho.

A source previously told PEOPLE that the Moore-Willis clan has been "one happy family" since they began social distancing together amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In June, the entire family celebrated Emma's 42nd birthday together.

In April, Scout revealed why her stepmother and her half-sisters had not been able to initially join them for stay at home orders amid the coronavirus crisis, revealing one of her younger siblings had accidentally stepped on a needle while at a park in Los Angeles.

"My stepmom had to be in L.A. waiting to get the results from taking her to the doctor so my dad came up here and then travel got crazy so my stepmom stayed in L.A. with my little sisters," Scout said on the Dopey podcast.

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