After having taken heat last Saturday for dining at Elio’s on the Upper East Side despite having refused vaccination and then testing positive for COVID, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was seen dining there again on Wednesday. This time, Palin did the staff and fellow customers a big favor by sitting outdoors, even though she was still in violation of New York City guidelines, which state that people who test positive for the virus should remain in isolation for five days after their positive test. Palin was tested on Monday, two days prior to her return visit to the restaurant.
According to Mediaite, which broke the story, Elio’s manager Luca Guaitolini claimed in a statement that Palin had come to the restaurant to apologize for her first visit. Why that goal couldn’t be accomplished by telephone or some other remote measure remains to be seen. But the restaurant, which was blasted in the media following Palin’s first visit, can expect to take more fire for again showing her to a table.
As to why Palin is in New York in the first place, it is to be present for jury selection in her defamation trial against the New York Times. “She wants to testify live,” Palin’s attorney is quoted as telling the presiding judge.
In the meantime, someone should alert Palin to the option of ordering from room service in the hotel where she’s staying.