Governor Raimondo defends going to paint and wine night after criticism

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Governor Gina Raimondo defended herself for attending a paint and wine night, during her press conference on Friday.

ABC6 News first shared the photo’s earlier this week circulating on social media and spoke the woman who captured Governor Raimondo at Barnaby’s Public House last week.

Erica Oliveras, who took the pictures, said Governor Raimondo wore a mask except for when she was drinking and eating. In one of the photos, Raimondo is not wearing a mask but Oliveras pointed out that the governor was holding a glass of wine.

While many believe Raimondo is setting a bad example after telling Rhode Islanders to stay home, the governor told reporters she did nothing wrong and was following the rules like everyone else.

“My rules as I have said are stay with your household, that’s what we were doing, wear your mask, that’s what we did,” the governor said. “I’ve also been asking Rhode Islanders to shop local, which is what we were doing.”

Under Rhode Islands pause, restaurants can’t have recreation or entertainment activities. When asked about this, Governor Raimondo said she was not violating any rules.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for the Department of Commerce told ABC6 News, “this is in reference to places like arcades or entertinamnet venues that also have venues in them. An activity like the painting night would be allowed as long as there are protocols in place to prevent sharing of tools between households.”

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