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Michigan governor apologizes for social distancing blunder

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan).
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan).(WLUC/State of Michigan)
Published: May. 24, 2021 at 6:13 AM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 6:14 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has apologized after apparently violating state-mandated social distancing guidelines at a local restaurant.

The Detroit Free Press reports Sunday that a photo circulated on social media shows Whitmer with a large group of unmasked people at an East Lansing bar and grill. The photo, which shows Whitmer seated with about a dozen people, was posted on social media by one of the attendees, but later deleted.

Whitmer said in a statement Sunday that she went with friends to the restaurant and as more people arrived, tables were pushed together. She said: “Because we were all vaccinated, we didn’t stop to think about it. In retrospect, I should have thought about it. I am human. I made a mistake, and I apologize.”

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