Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer apologized on Sunday after she was seen in a photo with a dozen people at a bar – violating her own ordinance limiting indoor dining to no more than six people at a table.
“Yesterday I went with some friends to a local restaurant. As more and more people arrived, the tables got closer, ”the governor said in a statement, according to NBC affiliate WDIV of Detroit. “Because we were all vaccinated, we kept thinking about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake and I apologize. “
In a photo posted to social media by one of the diners, Whitmer could be seen with at least a dozen diners on Saturday at Landshark Bar & Grill, a restaurant in East Lansing, the Detroit News reported on Sunday. Whitmer’s director of operations, Tricia Foster, was also identified in the photo before her removal, according to the newspaper.
The outing violated the state’s May 15 order that limited indoor dining to no more than six people at a table.
The incident was the latest misstep for Whitmer, a Democrat, and her staff during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, Whitmer came under fire after waiting weeks to disclose details of a private jet trip she took in March to visit her ailing father in Florida. The trip was partially funded by Michigan Transition 2019, a nonprofit fund initially established for groundbreaking events.
And in April, two of its top aides traveled south for spring break, with residents being warned against travel as Covid-19 cases increased in the state.
At least 40% of the state’s population has already been fully vaccinated, according to data from NBC News. At the time of the photo, Whitmer, who received her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on April 29, was considered fully vaccinated.
Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has recorded 986,435 infections and more than 20,000 deaths, according to an NBC News tally. The state last reported a peak in late March and early December, when the state began lifting some of its restrictions and vacation travel was at its peak.
Most state restrictions, including the blanket mask and social gathering orders, are expected to be lifted on July 1, Whitmer said last week, according to Detroit News.