By: Amy Jo Underwood
Gavin Newsom, governor of California, broke protocol and had a birthday dinner with friends and colleagues, despite enforcing strict lockdown measures and banning the gathering of citizens in California. Meanwhile, California citizens have been fined and put in jail for not following state guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) was photographed at a birthday dinner with over a dozen friends, not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing guidelines. Originally, the dinner was said to have occurred outdoors, but photographic evidence was later released and proved otherwise, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The California Globe reports that the dinner was held at one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world, and that Gov. Newsom may be seen by others as acting as one of the elite, enjoying expensive dinners and not having to adhere to the protocols enforced on the rest of the state.
According to the Los Angeles Times, California restaurant patrons are instructed to wear a mask at all times, except for eating, and encouraged to wear a mask between bites. According to Fox, not only did Newsom not follow these guidelines, but the CEO of the California Health Association and a top state health lobbyist were in attendance at the party as well. Meanwhile, state officials arrested a lone paddle boarder off the coast of Malibu several months ago, and alerted the Coast Guard, with the explanation that he was breaking COVID-19 guidelines albeit alone and in the outdoors.
Despite Gov. Newsom breaking his own guidelines for COVID-19 gatherings, the Thanksgiving restrictions have stayed in place, with families not allowed to have indoor gatherings or individuals from more than three households over for a holiday meal.
“‘It was an outdoor restaurant…’ Newsom said at a news conference. ‘As soon as I sat down at the larger table, I realized was a little larger group than I had anticipated. And I made a bad mistake — instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back down to my car and drove back to my house. Instead, I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household.’” - Los Angeles Times
Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama