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California Gov. Gavin Newsom wears a protective mask on his face while speaking to reporters June 9, 2020, at Miss Ollie's restaurant in Oakland, Calif. Newsom's office drew criticism for a tweet advising people to keep their mask on between bites when dining out.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wears a protective mask on his face while speaking to reporters June 9, 2020, at Miss Ollie’s restaurant in Oakland, Calif. Newsom’s office drew criticism for a tweet advising people to keep their mask on between bites when dining out.Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

On Oct. 3, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office tweeted out a COVID-19 guideline that some people found a little strange.

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites,” read the tweet, accompanied by an illustration of someone doing just that.

Various people reacted to the tweet with confusion and rage, calling this statement “stupid” and “contradictory,” as Californians have also been advised to minimize the amount of times they touch their masks.

To be clear, California does not require people dining at restaurants to put their masks back on in between each bite. Instead, customers are merely asked to wear a mask while not eating and drinking.

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According to Fox 11, Newsom addressed the tweet at a press conference on Wednesday.

“I think this is the most overblown thing … but I get that we’re in a highly politicized environment,” Newsom said. “But it was a staff member sending out a tweet.”

He explained that the tweet was meant to imply that if someone starts to read a book at the table, they should put their mask back on — not necessarily in between each bite.

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