By: LEILA ROCHA
Although some have been vaccinated against COVID-19, it still isn’t safe to go back to our normal pre-pandemic lives yet. Events are still being cancelled, masks have to be worn, and some places aren’t even allowed indoor dining. Despite this, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has stirred up controversy by participating in a TikTok accompanied by George Lopez of them inside of a restaurant. However, the county in which the restaurant is located is in the purple tier and not allowed indoor dining yet.
On Friday, a Tik Tok which included George Lopez and Governor Newsom discussing how to find out if you’re eligible for a vaccine was posted to Governor Newsom’s account. The video was taken at the Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Fresno, California.
According to the governor’s office, Governor Newsom was at the restaurant to see the owners after they were given a relief grant. The governor’s office also tweeted that they’ve “been able to support small businesses, like Fresno’s Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant. That’s why this week we took immediate action to provide an additional $2B for small business grants for up to $25K for entrepreneurs hurt by #COVID19” In addition to this, the facebook page for Los Amigos said, “George Lopez and the Governor of California visited our location. They answer questions, the governor didn’t stay to eat. George Lopez (ate) in the Patio with some (of) our customers.” However, this post was deleted.
This was not the first time that Governor Newsom was caught having an outing during the pandemic. In November of 2020, the Governor had celebrated a birthday in Napa. He later apologized and said, “I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”
To wrap it up, citizens were upset that Governor Newsom wasn’t following his safety rules. One twitter user tweeted, “With all restaurants in Fresno closed to indoor dining, Gavin Newsom has a photo event inside a restaurant that included food and beverages. #RecallNewsom.” Another twitter user tweeted, “Rules for thee but not for me.”