Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney apologized on Twitter after a photograph showed him dining indoors at a restaurant in Maryland at the same time that coronavirus restrictions in his own city forbid doing so.
“I know some are upset that I dined indoors at a restaurant in Maryland yesterday," Kenney wrote. “I felt the risk was low because the county I visited has had fewer than 800 COVID-19 cases, compared to over 33,000 cases in Philadelphia. Regardless, I understand the frustration.”
The photograph of Kenney at the Maryland restaurant was posted by Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri on Instagram, along with an accompanying text slamming the mayor’s hypocrisy.
“Glad you’re enjoying indoor dining with no social distancing or mask wearing in Maryland tonight while restaurants here in Philly close, suffer and fight for every nickel just to survive. I guess all your press briefings and your narrative of unsafe indoor dining don’t apply to you. Thank you for clearing it all up for us tonight.”
The mayor’s hypocrisy was even more pronounced for many, as it was only last week that, after announcing that indoor dining in Philadelphia will be allowed to resume with restrictions on Sept. 8, Kenney insisted to 6ABC that "We need to follow what we are being asked to do by the health department. I beg you to follow the rules."
Kenney followed up his first apology with another one on Twitter, stating that "I’m sorry if my decision hurt those who’ve worked to keep their businesses going under difficult circumstances. Looking forward to reopening indoor dining soon and visiting my favorite spots."
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