Gov. Newsom Scrutinized For Attending Napa Wine Country Gathering

Maggie Fusek
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NAPA VALLEY, CA — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has responded to a news report that scrutinized his recent attendance at a birthday party with 12 guests at a Napa Valley wine country restaurant. Under California’s coronavirus-related public health guidelines, private social gatherings of more than three households are prohibited.

The gathering in question was held Nov. 6 at French Laundry in Yountville. Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, reportedly were at a 50th birthday party held for adviser Jason Kinney at the eatery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

According to California's COVID-related public health guidelines announced Oct. 9 for all Californians, gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.

“Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced," the guidelines state. "Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.”

While the newspaper reported 12 people were at the wine country gathering, it was not clear how many households were involved.

“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom reportedly said Friday in a statement shared with media outlets.

Newsom’s communications director, Nathan Click, reportedly told news outlets Friday the gathering was held outdoors and that Newsom and his wife “followed public health guidelines and the restaurant’s health protocols — all in line with the state’s rules for restaurant operation.”

The governor’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday from Patch; this post will be updated should we hear back.

This article originally appeared on the Napa Valley Patch