The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, is encouraging anyone who has crossed paths with Sarah Palin in the last couple of days to get tested for covid after the former Governor of Alaska tested positive for the virus, yet refused to quarantine.
Palin, 57, was seen dining at two restaurants in Manhattan restaurants as well as walking along busy city streets.
It forced the city’s new mayor to urge New Yorkers who came into contact with her to get tested for the coronavirus.
‘We encourage any New Yorker who came into contact with Sarah Palin to get tested, just as we encourage all New Yorkers to get tested regularly, especially those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,’ Adams said through spokesman Jonah Allon said.
‘By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons,’ a spokesman for New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, said
Palin was seen on Wednesday night with a group of friends, eating at around 10pm on the patio
It was the second time in four days Palin ate at the Italian restaurant.On Saturday she ate inside
The former Alaska governor told a reporter that she was feeling fine on Wednesday night
Palin ate at two Upper East Side restaurants on subsequent days despite being covid positive
‘By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons,’ Allon said.
‘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 and have helped New York City stop the spread.’
Palin, who is a well-known anti-vaxxer, was seen on Wednesday night on the Upper East Side at Elio’s Italian. She was joined by Ron Duguay, former New York Rangers player, 64, who shielded her from reporters on the sidewalk.
She was eating her meal outside in an outdoor dining shelter however on her first visit to the same restaurant, on Saturday, she was seated inside.
During her visit she is said to have failed to show any proof of vaccination despite such a document being mandated by the city in order to sit indoors.
Sarah Palin is seen as she walks to the Upper East Side eatery, Elio’s
Palin is seen leaving the restaurant after her Wednesday night meal
Had city inspectors visited the the venue at the time of Palin’s visit, the restaurant could have been slapped with a $1,000 fine.
Elio’s, which opened in 1981 on Second Avenue at East 84th Street, is known for its famous clientele, which has included Tom Hanks, Joan Didion and Mick Jagger.
New York City law bans anyone over the age of 12 from eating or drinking indoors at a restaurant if they are unvaccinated. The manager of Elio’s, Luca Guaitolini, says staff ‘made a mistake’ by letting her dine inside on Saturday and that he is now looking in to what happened.
Manager of the restaurant, Luca Guaitolini, said workers are attempting to move past the visit.
‘It’s unfortunate but we’ve moved on,’ Guaitolini said to the Daily News. ‘We’ve been answering all the questions since Wednesday.’
Palin sat outside on Wednesday night, at Elio’s semi-enclosed dining shed on the sidewalk
‘We are taking this isolated incident – an unfortunate oversight – very seriously,’ he said.
‘Elio’s adheres to and believes in the vaccine mandate, and all it is doing to protect our staff, regulars, and the dining public.
‘Our focus right now is on the safety of our staff who worked the floor that night, and on our guests.’
Palin also dined at nearby Campignola just blocks away from Elio’s on Tuesday night.
On that occasion, Palin also ate outside but she was spotted without any face covering on both occasions.
She was also seen seen getting into a crowded SUV with other passengers without a face mask.
It’s not the first time Palin has contracted the disease.
In the past she has vowed that any vaccine she would receive would be ‘over my dead body.’
On this occasion, Palin tested positive for COVID on Monday after being required to take a test in advance of her giving evidence at a trial for a defamation lawsuit she has against The New York Times. The trial has now been delayed until February 3.
Sarah Palin is pictured at a December 2021 conference, where she said she would be vaccinated ‘over my dead body’
Last March, Palin told PEOPLE magazine that she and some of her family members tested positive for COVID-19, including her 12-year-old son Trig, who has Down’s syndrome.
Palin and her son ‘buckled down in isolated quarantine’ but then ‘symptoms started overnight with a slight fever and sore muscles,’ she said.
‘As confident as I’d like to be about my own health, and despite my joking that I’m blessed to constantly breathe in the most sterile air, my case is perhaps one of those that proves anyone can catch this,’ she said.
The virus worked its way through her household, with her daughter first exhibiting symptoms, Palin said.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee tested positive for COVID-19 in March, as did members of her family. After her diagnosis, she encouraged the public to wear masks and take the pandemic seriously, but remained adamantly anti-vaccine
‘One of my daughters awoke to having lost her sense of taste and smell [and] immediately had a positive COVID test, then was quarantined in isolation,’ she said.
After initially testing negative, Palin said she developed coronavirus symptoms ‘overnight’ and suffered a fever, muscle soreness and loss of taste and smell.
It was unmistakable that ‘COVID caught me,’ she said.
‘That day I finally tested positive — like millions of other Americans,’ she said. Palin then observed symptoms in son Trig.
PALIN CAN’T BE FINED FOR BREAKING QUARANTINE – BUT RESTAURANT THAT ALLOWED HER TO EAT INDOORS WITHOUT A VACCINE FACES $1,000 PENALTY
There are no individual fines for not observing the CDC’s recommended period of quarantine if you test positive for COVID.
The worst Palin faces is public shaming.
She does not need to prove a negative test to get on a domestic flight should she leave the city.
There are not individual fines for flouting the city’s mask mandate either – it is down to the business to enforce.
New York City has a vaccine mandate that forbids anyone who is unvaccinated from eating or drinking indoors.
Palin was legally allowed to eat outside at Emilio’s and Campagnola, despite being unvaccinated and COVID-positive.
But Emilio’s could have faced a fine of $1,000 for allowing her to eat indoors on Saturday night without showing that she is vaccinated, which she isn’t.
The restaurant’s manager Luca Guaitolini says he is looking into how she was able to sit down without first showing her vaccine card.