CA Gov. Newsom, LA, And San Fran Mayors All Take Pictures Maskless At NFL Game

CA Gov. Newsom, Mayors Garcetti And Breed Violate Mandates, All Maskless At Rams, 49ers Game

The rule among elected officials in California continues to be “OK for me, but not for thee.”

On Sunday, in a suite at SoFi stadium, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed all appeared in pictures with basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson during the NFC Championship game not wearing masks as is mandated in Los Angeles and at the stadium.

The pictures are just the latest in ongoing incidents involving elected officials who do not follow their own COVID mandates and regulations.

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Calling Out Hypocrisy

The rampant hypocrisy was not lost on Republican State Senator Melissa Melendez, who tweeted out, “Toddlers are being forced to wear masks all day long in school. Maybe one day they’ll be governor or the mayor of L.A. and they won’t have to follow the rules they impose on others.”

According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, during a Monday morning press conference, Newsom stated:

“I was very judicious yesterday. Very judicious. And you’ll see in the photo that I did take, where Magic was kind enough, generous enough to ask me for a photograph, and in my left hand’s the mask and I took a photo. The rest of the time, I wore it as we all should. Not when I had a glass of water or a thing. And I encourage everybody else to do so. And that’s it.”

The official rules for SoFi Stadium require masks at all times in the stadium, unless actively eating or drinking. 

California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson also blasted the Governor’s double standard, saying:

“Quite the message for @GavinNewsom to send to California parents, that they still must send their children to school in masks while he ignores his rules and gets to watch some football mask free. #RulesForThee. In related news, are we done with your state of emergency now?”

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For Super Bowl Fans, Restrictions Will Be Tighter

For those attending this year’s Super Bowl game at the same stadium, the rules will be strict.

In addition to wearing a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking, proof of vaccination 14 days prior will be required, or a negative test result 24 hours prior to game time.

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Not The First Time For Newsom Or Breed

Sunday’s outing to the football game was not Gavin Newsom’s first outing exempting himself from his state’s mask policies. Back in November, Newsom was spotted with a large group of people, also indoors and unmasked, at the pricey French Laundry restaurant.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also violated her own city’s mask mandates. In September of 2021, Breed was seen on a video dancing maskless in a crowded jazz club. Breed immediately cast herself as a victim of the “fun police,” implying that her mask indiscretions were OK because she was merely “feeling the spirit.” 

The Super Bowl will be played on February 13. No word on whether or not any of California’s elected officials will be in attendance wearing a mask, or if they will be “feeling the spirit” of once again ignoring their own rules.

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