Wineries and other businesses in 19 California counties have been ordered to shut down or heavily restrict indoor operations under the COVID-19 restrictions issued by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
But, to no surprise, his own winery is exempt.
The order, issued in July, impacted Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced and Tulare counties in the Central Valley, home to several wineries, according to Fox26.
Businesses affected by the order included restaurants, bars, wineries, tasting rooms, zoos, family entertainment venues and more. While they are allowed to remain open for outdoor dining, they must close their indoor sections, BizPacReview reports.
However, Newsom’s winery and tasting room in Napa Valley remain open for business.
The winery, located in Oakville, is owned by the PlumpJack Group and according to the governor’s 2018 tax filings, he and his wife own shares in the conglomerate, which earned them $600,000 in income that year.
Earlier this year, data released by the Small Business Administration revealed that the PlumpJack Group got as much as $350,000 in PPP loans. However, further analysis by KGO found that Plumpjack businesses actually received nearly $3 million.
This is just one of many examples of demcoratic governors across the country being seemingly exempt from nearly every order they put in place.
In November, Gov. Newsom announced that due to rising case numbers, he would be “pulling the emergency break” on reopening the state, but was seen at a birthday party, maskless, with two dozen people at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley.
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