California Governor Gavin Newsom has pulled his two kids out of their Sacramento summer basketball camp after 'missing' an email from camp organizers which said his mask mandate would not be enforced, then seeing a photo of his son online without a face covering. 

Newsom introduced a statewide mask mandate on July 9 for kids at schools. The rule does not apply to camps.  

In an email to parents before welcoming the kids, the $200-a-week camp warned that it would not be enforcing mask mandates.  


Newsom's camp says they 'missed' the email and sent 10-year-old Hunter and 11-year-old Montana anyway.

It was only when a photo of Hunter emerged on the camp's Facebook page, playing basketball without a face covering, that Newsom and his family say they realized masks weren't being enforced.  

Newsom's spokesman then said the family had become aware of the photo and had withdrawn the kids. 

Gavin Newsom has pulled his son Hunter, 10, (left) and daughter Montana, out of their summer camp after the camp posted this photo of Hunter without a face covering on

Gavin Newsom has pulled his son Hunter, 10, (left) and daughter Montana, out of their summer camp after the camp posted this photo of Hunter without a face covering on

This is the guidance the camp issued before kids arrived on Monday. It says masks would not be required. The Newsoms say they 'missed' it and only realized after seeing the photo of Hunter online

This is the guidance the camp issued before kids arrived on Monday. It says masks would not be required. The Newsoms say they 'missed' it and only realized after seeing the photo of Hunter online

Parents were also asked to sign a waiver for their kids which said they wouldn't hold the club responsible if the kids got COVID-19. It's unclear if Newsom or his wife signed it for Hunter and Montana

Parents were also asked to sign a waiver for their kids which said they wouldn't hold the club responsible if the kids got COVID-19. It's unclear if Newsom or his wife signed it for Hunter and Montana 

It is the second embarrassing conflict for the Newsom family. 

Last year, at the height of California's COVID disaster when people were being told to stay at home and only mix with immediate family, Newsom was photographed at a private dinner with ten other people in an exclusive restaurant. 


After the photo of Hunter emerged, Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said: 'The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday.

'The family reviewed communication from the camp and realized that an email was missed saying the camp would not enforce masking guidance. 

'Their kids will no longer be attending this camp.' 

Critics say Newsom did know the camp wasn't enforcing masks and only pulled the kids out after being caught with the photos

Critics say Newsom did know the camp wasn't enforcing masks and only pulled the kids out after being caught with the photos

Newsom is seen at The French Laundry in November (far left) amid a large, maskless crowd, when he was asking Californians not to socialize in groups outside their families

Newsom is seen at The French Laundry in November (far left) amid a large, maskless crowd, when he was asking Californians not to socialize in groups outside their families 

Newsom with his wife and their four kids, Hunter (left), Brooklynn, 8, Dutch, 5, and Montana, 11. The two younger kids were not enrolled in the basketball day camp

Newsom with his wife and their four kids, Hunter (left), Brooklynn, 8, Dutch, 5, and Montana, 11. The two younger kids were not enrolled in the basketball day camp

Reopen California Schools, a group that recently filed a lawsuit against the governor over the update requiring students wear face masks in the classroom, first reported on the maskless camp photo.

'This is in clear violation of his own mask mandates. Why can his kid be maskless, but not ours?' the group said on Twitter. 

The camp has not yet addressed the scandal. 

Newsom has faced stern criticism of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that a recall election has been called for September 14. 

Republicans say he has destroyed the state's economy with his overly restrictive rules. 

Some counties have started enforcing indoor mask mandates again, even for fully vaccinated people, because of the spread of COVID-19. 

Newsom earlier this week announced, like other governors and mayors across America, city and state workers would have to either prove they have been vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 at least once a week.  

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