In a statement made Tuesday, Mayor Sam Liccardo (D) of San Jose, California, apologized to his family for “unlawful” gratitude set by the state.
In a longer statement, Liccardo said he and his wife and sister-in-law attended an outdoor dinner at his parents ’house on Thanksgiving afternoon. He added that family members have taken precautions to ensure social distance.
“To sum up, eight of us from five households sat around three spaced tables in our own family groups on the back patio and wore a mask when we weren’t eating,” he wrote. “I have a very large family – I am one of five children – and several of our family members who would have joined us in the past on Thanksgiving – including sisters, nephews, nieces and cousins - stayed home with caution.”
However, the mayor acknowledged that according to state regulations issued in California in November, private meetings were limited to a maximum of three households.
“I apologize for my collection in violation of state rules because I attended this Thanksgiving meal with my family,” he wrote. “I understand my commitment as a civil servant to lead by example in public health regulations and, of course, not to ignore them. I commit myself to performing better. “
I apologize despite my decision to gather with my family on Thanksgiving Day. I understand my duty as a civil servant to lead public health orders by example and not to ignore them. I commit myself to performing better. My statement: pic.twitter.com/LFhX2LCUf3
– Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) December 1, 2020
The incident occurred after several high-profile cases where elected officials apparently violated rules or recommendations for gatherings, including the governor. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom is considering new California home orders, warning that hospitals could be overwhelmed by Christmas. Who will replace Harris in the Senate? “Rising” MORE discusses hospital support for COVID-19 surge(D) attending a birthday party and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) flies to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after giving advice against the trip.