Photos have emerged of California Gov. Gavin Newsom dining indoors at a large gathering at an upscale restaurant earlier this month, despite his own warnings about the spread of coronavirus.
At the dinner party, Newsom, his wife, and other guests dined in an enclosed porch of The French Laundry in Napa Valley for a 50th birthday party in honor of his adviser Jason Kinney.
The large group of guests ate shoulder-to-shoulder and were not wearing masks, according to the photos.
The revelation brought a firestorm of criticism on the governor, who has had many businesses, churches, and schools shuttered for months under his lockdown mandates. In October, Newsom created an order with severe restrictions on Thanksgiving celebrations, requiring families to hold dinner outside, wear masks, limit their meal to two hours, and host no more than two or three households.
The governor apologized Tuesday evening for his actions, saying he made a "bad mistake."
"I should have stood up and... drove back to my house… The spirit of what I'm preaching all the time was contradicted," said Newsom. " I need to preach and practice, not just preach."