(CNN)Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has apologized for breaking the state’s public health protocols after a photo surfaced on social media of her at a restaurant Saturday seated at tables that had been pushed together with at least 12 friends.
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to following public health protocols. On Saturday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it,” Whitmer said in a statement on Sunday. “In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
The apology comes as states lift restrictions amid declining coronavirus cases and as more Americans continue to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
On May 15 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a health order that stated, “Gatherings are prohibited at food service establishments, whether indoor or outdoor, unless: consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in a designated dining a
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