Michigan government spokesman Gretchen Whitmer apologized on Sunday after being seen in a photo with 12 people at a bar - violating her ban on indoor food for more than six people at a table.
"Yesterday, I went with friends to a local restaurant. When more people arrived, the tables were set up together," the governor explained in a statement, according to NBC's WDIV affiliate in Detroit. "Because we're all vaccinated, we didn't stop to think about it. Looking back, I should have thought about it. I'm human. I made a mistake, and I'm sorry."
In a photo posted on social media by one of the diners, Whitmer could be seen with at least 10 diners on Saturday at The Landshark Bar & Grill, a restaurant in East Lansing, Detroit News reported on Sunday. Whitmer CEO Tricia Foster was also found in the photo before being removed, according to the newspaper.
The departure of the restaurant violated a May 15 government decree that restricted food to more than six people at the table.
The incident was the last of a number of negative actions taken against Whitmer, a Democrat, and his staff during the outbreak.
Earlier this month, Whitmer was criticized after weeks of waiting to reveal details about a private plane trip he took in March to visit his ailing father in Florida. The trip is partially funded by Michigan Transition 2019, a non-profit fund set up for opening events for the first time.
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In April, two of his aides went south for spring break as residents were warned to leave as Covid-19 cases mounted in the state.
At least 40 percent of government officials are already completely vaccinated, according to NBC News data. At the time of the photo, Whitmer, who received his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on April 29, was considered a complete vaccine.
Since the outbreak began, Michigan recorded 986,435 infections and more than 20,000 deaths, according to NBC News figures. The state last reported an issue found in late March and early December when the state began removing some of its borders and holiday travel was at an all-time high.
Many state borders, including a comprehensive mask and order for public gatherings, are expected to be removed by July 1, Whitmer said last week, according to Detroit News.