ANGELS – FOX 11 got exclusive photos from Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday night reportedly ate at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif., at a dinner he attended on November 6, without following his own COVID-19 protocols he established for the state.
On Monday, Newsom apologized for what he called “a big mistake” by attending a birthday party that broke the very rules he was talking about slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
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He has suffered serious political backlash since it emerged Friday that he and his wife attended the party with a dozen friends at the French Laundry restaurant in the wine country north of San Francisco.
FOX 11 spoke to the woman who took the photos and told us:
“While we were there we realized there was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet away from us. It was a bit boring because you are spending some hard earned money to go there. “
She said, “It was getting louder and louder and so they had sliding glass doors that they could close, so it was a closed room but you could still hear them with how loud they were. “
“I happened to look and realize it’s Gavin Newsom, who is it?” And I asked one of the waitresses and she confirmed that was the case, so I was able to take a few pictures, I was able to document this especially since no one was wearing a mask. It was a really big group of people side by side, something he always tells us not to do yeah that was kinda boring for sure, ”the woman said.
After the woman heard her public apology, she said, “I was surprised because he didn’t seem to be uncomfortable being there until the very end until people stared at him and stared at him as he left the room. “
Newsom said he realized as soon as he sat down at the outdoor table that the group was bigger than he expected to celebrate the 50th birthday of Jason Kinney, a councilor policy that Newsom has claimed to have known for 20 years.
FOX 11 has contacted Newsom’s office and they have referred us to their previous apologies and will not comment on the details of this report.
A spokesperson for Jason Kinney sent us the following statement:
“The guests and the restaurant followed all applicable state and county public health guidelines. The guests specifically needed to sit outside. And these are outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.
This Associated Press contributed to this report
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