Fox L.A. has "obtained photos of Governor Gavin Newsom at the Napa dinner party"
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized following his appearance at a birthday party earlier this month, as cases of the novel coronavirus are spiking across the country and health officials implore people to avoid larger gatherings, particularly indoors.
On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Newsom had recently attended a dinner alongside members of at least three other households at famed Napa restaurant The French Laundry.
On Monday, Newsom apologized for his attendance at the event while he unveiled a new spate of regulations aimed at slowing the spread of the virus in California, which recently crossed the 1-million case threshold.
“A few weeks ago, I was asked to go to a friend's 50th birthday ... it was to be an outdoor restaurant ... as soon as I sat down, I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated,” Newsom, 53, said. “And, I made a bad mistake. Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back and got in my car and drove back to my house."
"The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted and I’ve got to own that, so I’m going to apologize to you, because I need to preach and practice," he continued.
Newsom isn't the only politician not to follow his own advice regarding social distancing.