UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Friday, November 13, 2020
An aide to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) attempted to defend the governor after he broke his own social distancing guidelines.
Gov. @GavinNewsom attended a birthday dinner for one of his political advisers last week with at least a dozen people from several different households, the type of gathering his administration has discouraged during the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/rB29C15qys
— Alexei Koseff (@akoseff) November 13, 2020
On Friday, Gov. Newsom’s Communications Director Nathan Click claimed Newsom did nothing wrong when he attended a birthday party of more than 10 people.
He said the party was held in an outdoor area of a local restaurant that follows different guidelines.
-Positivity rate: 3.9%
-Daily case average: 6,719
-Hospitalizations: 36% increase
-ICU: 37% increase
We absolutely must take these increases seriously.
Wear your mask. Physically distance. Do not let your guard down.
Your actions could literally save lives.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 13, 2020
This came as the California governor issued social distancing guidelines for the holiday season, limiting the size of parties to up to two households.