Everyone in San Francisco, California must wear a face mask unless they are under the age of two except, apparently, the mayor of that city.
The city’s web site says, “You must wear a mask indoors in public places, even if you are vaccinated.” Yet, photos of San Francisco Mayor London Breed show her in a crowded nightclub yesterday without a face mask.
Mayor Breed, who has faced criticism for her restrictive coronavirus rules, was photographed Wednesday by a San Francisco Chronicle editor while she was singing and dancing in a packed night club. Editor Mariecar Mendoza posted a video to Twitter last night showing Breed dancing maskless among a sea of blues lovers in a crowded club.
According to the citywide mandate Breed announced in August, everyone must wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public buildings except while actively eating or drinking. Yet, Breed spent the night dancing, singing and posing for photographs without a face covering, according to the Chronicle editor.
One Mendoza photo shows the San Francisco mayor with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and band member Raphael Saadiq having a good time but without a mask. This isn’t the first time the mayor has seemed to flaunt Covid containment mandates she issued.
Breed dined at the high-end French Laundry restaurant, in Napa County, Nov. 7, just as the COVID-19 surge gained momentum. At the time, both indoor and outdoor dining were allowed and her party dined in a semi-enclosed space. But the news that Breed dined with people outside her own household seemed to violate her warnings that San Francisco residents shouldn’t gather for Halloween.
Mendoza said she spoke to the mayor last night about her seeming to flaunt her own policy requiring masks. The Chronicle editor noted she was not masked while interviewing Breed.
San Francisco’s mayor insisted she is tested often for COVID-19 and “at the end of the day, everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination,” Breed told the reporter. “That gives me a lot of reassurance.”
“I’ve been very careful, not just because I want to set an example but because I don’t want to get COVID. I also want to make sure that I’m not someone transmitting COVID to other people,” she said.
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