GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom admitted that he should have "modeled better behavior" when he went to an aides party, which broke his own Covid-19 rules.
The meal out for one ofhis political advisers on November 6 was held outdoors at Napa Valley’s French Laundry restaurant and dozens of people from different households attended.
They were celebrating the 50th birthday of lobbyist Jason Kinney – but California guidelines limit large gatherings in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus as the second wave sweeps the United States.
Newsom's Communications Director Nathan Click initially said that the party “followed public health guidelines and the restaurant’s health protocols—all in line with the state’s rules for restaurant operation.”
But after the San Francisco Chronicle broke the French Laundry story, Newsom admitted that he should not have gone, reported the Daily Beast.
“I should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner," he said.
The CA guidelines limit these “social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place,” to just three households.
Representatives for Kinney and Newsom didn't specify how many households were there but they didn't deny that it was more than three, per the Chronicle.
Last night, Newsom urged his fellow Californians to follow the state guidelines in a Twitter appeal as ICU admissions surged by 37 percent.
"We absolutely must take these increases seriously," he said. "Wear your mask. Physically distance. Do not let your guard down. Your actions could literally save lives."
As Covid-19 continues to batter the USA with over 10 million cases, Newsom's state became the second one to report one million cases of COVID-19 after Texas.
Joe Biden’s incoming Covid chief Dr Michael Osterholm told CNBC a "lockdown for four-to-six weeks" was needed to get the numbers under control.
Dr Anthony Fauci disagreed with this, saying the numbers could be decreased by hand washing, wearing a mask, and socially distancing as daily cases soared to more than 152,000 on Thursday.
"We would like to stay away from that because there's no appetite for locking down the American public," Fauci said, after Pfizer announced their vaccine.
"You don't necessarily have to shut everything down. The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures."
On Thursday, a whopping 152,391 new cases were reported across the country according to the Washington Post, upping the total number of infections in the US to more than 10.8million that day.
On Wednesday 1,893 citizens died from the deadly bug, the highest number of fatalities since May 8, surging the death toll to 241,808.
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