Just hours after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer apologized after a photo popped up on social media that showed the Michigan Democrat ignoring a state COVID-19 regulation, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the rule she violated will be rescinded.
The Detroit News reported that Whitmer made it clear to reporters on Monday that the decision was “made well before the weekend.”
The rule limited those inside state restaurants to no more than six people at a table.
The photo in question showed Whitmer with about a dozen people with tables pushed together at The Landshark Bar & Grill, which is in East Lansing. The photo emerged on social media and was quickly removed, according to reports. Whitmer issued a statement on Sunday to explain the picture.
“Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant,” Whitmer said in a statement obtained by the Detroit Free Press. “As more people arrived, the tables were pushed together. Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”
She said the tables were pushed together as more people arrived at the party of roughly a dozen fully vaccinated people.
A revised gatherings and face mask order, issued by the state health department, no longer includes the six-patrons-per-table provision, effective June 1. Whitmer had announced last week the planned easing of capacity restrictions on June 1 but had not specified if other changes would be coming in the new order, which was released as expected Monday.
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