Newsom’s cackling party ‘so loud they annoyed other diners’ – as Americans told to whisper at Thanksgiving to stop CovidNovember 19, 2020
CALIFORNIA Governor Gavin Newsom’s noisy maskless party in a restaurant was “so loud they annoyed other diners” says an eyewitness.
The Democrat’s boisterous celebrations come as Americans are told to whisper at Thanksgiving after the CDC urged people to neither sing nor drink booze amid fears of a Covid-19 timebomb.
Newsom has come under fire after being pictured at a posh restaurant with 11 maskless friends, flouting his own strict Covid rules.
He was apparently photographed at his political adviser's 50th birthday bash on November 6 at Napa Valley’s French Laundry restaurant.
The woman who took the photos and told Fox 11: "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 added: "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."
They were celebrating the 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 apologized for his "bad mistake" on Monday.
After the woman heard his public apology she spoke of her "surprise".
She told the station that Newsom "didn’t look like he was uncomfortable being there until the very end.
And that was because "people were looking at him and staring at him as he was leaving the room".
The unnamed woman diner recalled that during the evening, she had, "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.
"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."
Newsom said that the gathering was larger than he'd expected when he arrived with his wife.
Kinney's spokesperson told KTTV the guests and restaurant "followed all applicable state and county public health guidance."
"The guests specifically required outdoor seating," the rep said. "And that’s outdoor seating, as confirmed and provided by the restaurant.”
Newsom's communications director Nathan Click initially said 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 week, Newsom urged his fellow Californians to follow the state guidelines in a Twitter appeal as ICU admissions surged by 37 percent.
Tighter restrictions are on the horizon in Los Angeles from Friday where Covid cases are surging, which would include a business curfew, reports say.
This will involve outdoor gatherings being limited to a maximum of 15 people for three households – previously, the county had no limit to the number of people from three households.
Public health officials fear mass gatherings could spell a contagion disaster for the United States.
The "second wave" of coronavirus has resulted in at least 100,000 daily cases in the USA, forcing state leaders to implement new rules to stop the spread.
"Encourage guests to avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors. Keep music levels down so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard," read the CDC November 11 guidance.
Around 50 million Americans will be driving or flying this Thanksgiving, per AAA data, with a slight downturn in this annual travel surge since last year.
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