Democratic Gov. of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo, is facing backlash this week after she was spotted at a wine and paint night just a fews days after she had discouraged inessential activities to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The picture was photographed by Erica Oliveras last Friday, the photo shows Gina Raimondo sitting at table in Barnaby’s Public House in Providence without a mask, WLNE stated.
Oliveras told ABC6, that backlash over the photo was blown out of proportion because Raimondo had only taken off the mask to drink her wine.
Others had felt that Raimondo’s actions were hypocritical, four days prior she urged Rhode Islanders in a tweet to “stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask anytime you’re with people you don’t live with.”
Susan Goodman, a Providence resident, told WLNE that the governor “shouldn’t even be at an event like that.”
“You can drink wine at home. I’m an experienced wine drinker Gina, do it at home,” Goodman said.
According to the state’s shutdown guidelines, indoor dining is allowed at up to 33% of the restaurant’s seating capacity.
Businesses such as restaurants, gyms and recreational facilities must close by 10 p.m. on most weekdays and by 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.