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An unvaccinated Sarah Palin dines outdoors in New York City days after testing positive for COVID-19

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                                Sarah Palin spoke during a panel discussion before a film preview on Capitol Hill, in April 2016, in Washington. The former Alaska governor was spotted dining out at a New York City restaurant two days after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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    Sarah Palin spoke during a panel discussion before a film preview on Capitol Hill, in April 2016, in Washington. The former Alaska governor was spotted dining out at a New York City restaurant two days after testing positive for the coronavirus.

NEW YORK >> Two days after Sarah Palin tested positive for the coronavirus, the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee dined outdoors in New York City on Wednesday evening, defying federal guidance that infected people isolate from others for at least five full days.

Palin, who is unvaccinated, returned to Elio’s, the Upper East Side restaurant where she had been seen dining indoors Saturday despite the city’s requirement that indoor guests show proof of vaccination. Noncompliance can cost business owners a $1,000 fine.

Luca Guaitolini, a manager for the restaurant who confirmed both of Palin’s visits in the past week, said they “just made a mistake” on Saturday.

In a statement Thursday, Guaitolini said she returned to the restaurant Wednesday to “apologize for the fracas around her previous visit.” He said Palin was seated outdoors in accordance with the vaccine mandate and to protect the restaurant’s staff. “We are a restaurant open to the public, and we treat civilians the same,” he said.

Anne Isaak, the owner of Elio’s, said it was against her “clearly stated wishes that Sarah Palin dined outside last night,” according to The Washington Post.

An attorney for Palin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams urged New Yorkers who may have come in contact with Palin to get tested, and later shared an updated statement on the events.

“By repeatedly flouting C.D.C. guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons,” a spokesperson for City Hall said Thursday over email. “The city offers multiple resources to support isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19, and we encourage Ms. Palin to join the 98 percent of New Yorkers who report they have followed guidance on isolation.”

Palin also dined outdoors Tuesday evening at Campagnola, another Upper East Side establishment, where she signed autographs and took selfies, according to Gothamist.

But unlike restaurants, there is no penalty for people who refuse to isolate.

At a conservative conference last month in Phoenix, Palin told the crowd “it’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot.”


This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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