Oprah's COVID rules make visitors follow a four-step 'policy'

Beware ‘The Policy’! Oprah’s strict holiday COVID rules requires guests to be ‘vaccinated, boosted, tested, and quarantined’ – and even BFF Gayle King fell short

  • Oprah Winfrey, 67, threw a welcoming party for three-month-old Luca – best friend Gayle King’s grandson – on December 23
  • The billionaire made sure all her guests were ‘vaccinated, boosted, tested and quarantined’ before arriving at the celebrations
  • King, 67, failed to complete all four steps in time for the party, having to arrive a day late. It is unclear what step she missed of Oprah’s rules
  • Oprah didn’t disappoint as she made sure to welcome her friend into her Montecito, California, home with her favorite dessert: monkey bread 

Only Santa, please!  

Oprah Winfrey, 67, hosted a grand welcoming party on December 23 for her best friend Gayle King’s grandson Luca, who was born three months ago, but she had a strict ‘policy’ for her guests to follow – one even her best friend failed to follow. 

‘Everyone who is spending Christmas at my house has to be vaccinated, boosted, tested, and quarantined,’ the star said on Instagram. ‘Stedman [Graham] calls it “The Policy” cause I’m that serious about it.

‘This was release day for our bubble and we knew we had to throw a welcome celebration for Baby Luca, who none of us had met yet!’ she wrote on Instagram. 

It seems even best friends don’t get to bypass ‘The Policy,’ as King, 67, was forced to miss out on the Lion King-themed fun because she didn’t ‘complete the policy!’ 

It is unclear what step King didn’t meet, but she suggested she hadn’t received her test results back in time, writing on Instagram the following day: ‘Followed all the protocols…test results in! So [I’m] cleared to join the group…so happy!’ 

The New York Daily News also suggested King’s busy schedule with CBS Mornings didn’t allow the news anchor enough time to quarantine in time for the party. 

It is unclear if Oprah required her guests to quarantine for then-10-day Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation or for a shorter period of time. The CDC reduced the quarantine to five days on Monday. 

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Oprah, 67, (pictured in white) welcomed best friend Gayle King’s grandson Luca to her multimillion-dollar home in Montecito, California, but guests had to follow a strict four-step policy to come – causing King to be a day late. All guests had to be vaccinated, boosted, tested, and quarantined before arriving 

Gayle King, 67, arrived wearing festive pajamas the next day and made sure to snap a picture with her bestie and grandson. It is unclear what step caused King to be late to the party

Bundled in a blanket decorated with pirates and superheroes, Oprah dotted over the infant who she said she had been ‘waiting’ to meet

Oprah gathered with King’s daughter Kirby Bumpus and her partner Virgil Miller – who got married at the billionaire’s house in 2020 – along with grandson Luca, the talk show host’s long-time boyfriend Stedman and a few others. 

They welcome the new edition to the family by singing the Lion King’s Circle Of Life on the front steps of the multimillion-dollar home in Montecito, California. 

Oprah decorated the front steps with blue balloons tied around the front columns as Bumpus brought her baby boy up the steps. 

The billionaire doted over the infant, who was wrapped in a heroes blanket that had knights and pirates on it, as she gushed over the little boy.

Despite arriving a day late to the celebrations, Gayle didn’t waste any time cuddling with her grandson 

‘You’ve been waiting to see me,’ she cooed. ‘I’ve been waiting to see you.’  

Despite King’s absence, no one’s feelings were hurt, as King joined the ‘bubble’ the next day. Oprah made sure her chef had her best friend’s favorite dessert: monkey bread. 

‘She loves nothing more than monkey bread,’ Oprah told the camera as her chef explained what the southern treat was. 

King, who arrived wearing festive green pajamas, said: ‘This is a thing of beauty. I love, love, love monkey bread. Thank you.’ 

The pair dug into the dish, ignoring all the other grand dessert surrounding them. 

King made sure to gather lots of photos from the event, even posting a picture of her and Oprah with Luca, and a lot of grandma snuggles. 

The CBS Mornings anchor said she was ‘nuts’ about her grandson and soaked up every minute of it.  

Although Oprah’s policy is lengthy, it comes as the U.S. sees a surge of COVID cases and as the highly contagious Omicron variant has taken hold.

Besties that know your favorite dessert, stay together: Oprah made sure her late comer friend had a slice of monkey bread straight away

An average 235,269 Americans are testing positive for the virus every day, a 98 percent increase from two weeks ago.

On Monday, 512,553 new cases were reported in the U.S., marking the country’s largest single-day tally.

On Tuesday, the CDC said that Omicron accounted for 59 percent of new cases in the US. 

California had a 126 percent in the last two weeks, while New York dominates the cases with a 235 percent increase. Texas isn’t too far behind with a 226 percent increase.  

DailyMail.com reached out to Oprah for comment.  

California had a 126 percent in the last two weeks, while New York dominates the cases with a 235 percent increase. Texas isn’t too far behind with a 226 percent increase

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