Palin dines in New York again days after positive virus test


NEW YORK (AP) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin returned to a New York restaurant for dinner – this time outdoors – two days after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to photos from the restaurant and passers-by.

The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate’s visit to Manhattan’s upscale Elio’s restaurant on Wednesday came after her visit to the restaurant in New York drew attention for its stance on vaccinations. Palin, 57, has publicly stated that she is unvaccinated.

Guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ask people to self-isolate for at least five days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test.

Messages were sent Thursday via Palin’s website, to her attorneys and to a spokesperson who worked with her.

Elio’s said in a statement that Palin returned Wednesday night “to apologize for the fracas around her previous visit” on Saturday, when she had a meal indoors – despite a city requirement that diners inside restaurants had to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Elio’s, which is known for its celebrity clientele, later said it erred in not checking his vaccination status, as required. When Palin returned on Wednesday in a visit first reported by the Mediaite website, she was seated in a heated outdoor structure, where vaccination is not required.

Fabien Levy, spokesperson for New York City Mayor Eric Adams, tweeted Thursday that if Palin “actually loved New York” as she claims she would stay home and self-isolate.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Palin tested positive for the virus, forcing a postponement of a trial in her libel suit against The New York Times. It is now set to start on February 3.


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