Newsom seen sitting with large group, undermining state’s health protocols.
Photos from inside a luxury restaurant in Napa, California, feature Governor Gavin Newsom dining with a large group of people – violating COVID restrictions he himself enacted.
In the photos obtained by Fox 11 Los Angeles, Newsom is seen sitting with a group of about 12 people at an outside table at the French Laundry restaurant on November 6.
“The group featured people from several households, and was certainly above the state guidelines, which limit gatherings to no more than three households,” reports Fox 11.
On Wednesday, Politico California reported other guests at the dinner included California Medical Association officials.
“The presence of CMA brass could amplify criticisms of the dinner occurring despite coronavirus restrictions that have limited Californians’ movements and constrained businesses,” writes Politico.
Additional reporting from Fox 11 includes a testimonial from the female witness who took the photos, who claimed Newsom’s party was annoyingly loud.
From the anonymous diner:
“While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet from us. It was a bit annoying since you’re spending hard-earned money to go there.”
She said, “It got louder and louder and so they had some sliding glass doors that they were able to close, so then it was a closed-off room but you could still hear them with how loud they were.”
“I just happened to look over and realize hey is that Gavin Newsom, who is that? And I did ask one of the waitresses and she confirmed it was, so I was able to take a couple of photos, I was able to document this especially since nobody was wearing a mask. It was a very large group of people shoulder to shoulder, something that he’s always telling us not to do so yeah it was a bit annoying for sure”, the woman said.
Newsom issued an apology Monday claiming he regretted his decision to dine with the party, which he called a “bad mistake.”
“I made a bad mistake,” he said. “I should have stood up and … drove back to my house.”