California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti flouted COVID-19 rules at the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium Sunday, where the Rams defeated the 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl.
Magic Johnson took photos with each of the California Democrats in a suite at the game and later posted them on his Instagram page. Johnson also posted a picture with a maskless San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
In flagrant violation of Los Angeles County's COVID-19 restrictions and the rules at SoFi Stadium, Newsom was pictured with Johnson and neither of them was wearing a face mask. So was Garcetti, in another photo.
The rules to attend the game were perfectly clear. Every guest above the age of 5 was required to present proof of "full vaccination" or a negative COVID-19 test result to gain entry to the stadium.
"Masks are required for all attendees except when actively eating or drinking," a notice from the stadium said, in accordance with an order from the Los Angeles County Department of Pubic Health.
The pictures of Newsom and Garcetti breaking the rules seemingly without consequence provoked a response from California state Sen. Melissa Melendez (R).
"Toddlers are being forced to wear masks all day long in school. Maybe one day they'll be governor or the mayor of L.A. and they won't have to follow the rules they impose on others," Melendez tweeted.
L.A.-based sports agent Fadde Mikhail, a Republican candidate for Congress, was also at the game and said he was sitting near Newsom and did not see him wear a mask at all during the game.
"IF our governor doesn’t wear a mask in a stadium with 80K in it, why the hell should anyone be wearing a mask," Mikhail said.
"If @GavinNewsom can attend an indoor mega-event MASKLESS with tens of thousands of other maskless fans, then so can our kids at school, especially when playing at recess," Jonathan Zachreson, a candidate for California state assembly, said.
In another photo, Garcetti was pictured standing on the field with the Rams mascot, and he was not wearing a mask.
Newsom is a serial hypocrite when it comes to coronavirus restrictions. In November 2020, the governor was pictured eating out at a California restaurant in the middle of a statewide lockdown. Nearly a year later in October 2021, shortly after imposing a vaccine mandate for children age 12 and up to attend schools in California, the governor admitted that his own 12-year-old daughter was not yet vaccinated.