US House Speaker pictured without mask in hair salon

US House Speaker pictured without mask in hair salon

US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi was pictured without a mask in a San Francisco hair salon.  Footage obtained by a source showed the House of Representatives speaker inside the building on Monday, breaking the city’s coronavirus lockdown guidelines.

San Francisco’s pandemic orders do not allow hair salons to open indoors. Thousands of California businesses have shut permanently amid virus curbs.

Nancy Pelosi – who promotes masks in public – often urges Republicans to “listen to the science” on the pandemic. Also Read — Facebook removes Trump’s COVID post

Footage shows Pelosi walking with a face mask around her neck, with her mouth uncovered, through eSalon.

A stylist, who was wearing a mask, is seen following her.

US House Speaker says she was unaware of pandemic rules

US House Speaker pictured without mask in hair salon

US House Speaker says she was unaware of pandemic rules

The California Democrat’s spokesman said she did not realise she was breaking San Francisco rules on virus prevention.

“This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.

“The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”

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Mrs Pelosi has previously cited US Centers for Disease Control guidelines recommending that Americans wear face masks in public. She urged Americans to wear masks especially when physical distancing measures are difficult.

After Monday’s appointment, the House speaker appeared on MSNBC with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

Salon owner is upset over Nancy Pelosi’s visit

The salon owner, Erica Kious, told reporters she rents chairs to a stylist, who notified her that Mrs Pelosi’s assistant had called, saying her boss wanted to come in for a wash and blow dry.

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Ms Kious told the cable network: “It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work.” 

Senate Republicans suggested the House speaker was a hypocrite.

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