The mayor of San Jose, California, on Tuesday apologized for not following state coronavirus restrictions during a Thanksgiving meal, the latest example of an official not following public health protocols.
Mayor Sam Liccardo offered an apology after the NBC Bay Area reported that he appears to have celebrated the holiday with his elderly parents at home with an unknown number of guests.
THE the pre-thanksgiving message last week, Liccardo called on people to “cancel this year’s big gatherings and focus on keeping each other safe”.
In a statement Tuesday, Liccardo said he was one of eight people in five households celebrating the holiday with their parents. National protocols limit the number of households that can participate in a private assembly to three.
Liccardo said the meal took place on an outdoor terrace, with everyone at the right distance and wearing a mask when not eating. Several of them ate together once or twice a week for several months as a “stable group,” he said, and other relatives who would typically have attended the ceremony did not.
“I understand my commitment as a civil servant to follow public health instructions in an exemplary manner and, of course, not to ignore them,” he said. – I commit myself to performing better.
The apology came weeks after California Governor Gavin Newsom apologized for attending a birthday party at the elegant restaurant in Napa County, The French Laundry.
The governor, who made frequent and powerful appeals urging people to follow state public health measures, apologized after a Los Angeles Fox subsidiary posted photos of the Nov. 6 rally.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was also captured last week for traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving. About 30 minutes before the flight took off, Hancock tweeted to “avoid the trip if you can”.
Newsom he said on Monday that hospital care for Covid-19 has increased so rapidly in recent weeks that it can re-enact strict stay-at-home orders. He estimates that if the rate of the virus continues to spread, California could run out of intensive beds before Christmas.