Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, has continued to dine in New York City restaurants despite testing positive for Covid-19.
The former governor of Alaska, who is unvaccinated, was seen Wednesday eating al fresco at Elio’s restaurant on the Upper East Side after testing positive for the disease, according to photos released by mediaite. Palin had dined at the same restaurant on Saturday night, where she was seen eating indoors in violation of city rules that require proof of vaccination to dine indoors.
Palin was also seen eating alfresco Tuesday night at Campagnola, Gothamist reported. Per CDC guidance, people with Covid-19 should self-isolate for at least five days to prevent further spread.
Elio’s restaurant manager told the New York Times was investigating Palin’s Saturday visit and that the restaurant had made a “mistake.” The manager told the Times that Palin had “probably just walked in and walked” to a table where he was joined by a regular.
Palin returned to the restaurant Wednesday night. “Tonight, Sarah Palin returned to the restaurant to apologize for the fight surrounding her previous visit from her,” Luca Guaitolini, Elio’s manager, said in a statement to Mediaite. “In accordance with the vaccination mandate and to protect our staff, we sit her outside. We are a restaurant open to the public and we treat all civilians equally.”
Palin confirmed Monday that she had tested positive for Covid, delaying the start of her libel trial against the New York Times in connection with a 2017 editorial about comments she made about gun violence.
City officials have encouraged New Yorkers who come into contact with Palin to test for covid-19and warned that he needs to “follow the rules like everyone else.”
“By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a total disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons,” said Jonah Allon, spokesman for the New York City Council, in a statement to Washington Post. “We encourage Ms. Palin to join the 98% of New Yorkers who report they have followed isolation guidelines and helped New York City stop the spread.”
Palin had previously tested positive for the disease in March 2021, but has been adamant in her opposition to receiving the vaccine.
“It will be on my corpse where I will have to shoot. I won’t do that. I will not, and you better not touch my children either,” she said at a conservative event in December 2021.
Vaccines offer crucial protection against serious illness and death from covid-19, and are seen as an important tool in preventing the development of new variants like Omicron, which led to a spike in cases across the country. Cases in the US, including in New York, have started to decline after a spike during the holidays. More than 877,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US since the start of the pandemic.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism