The mayor of San Francisco was seen breaking the city’s mask mandate at a nightclub Wednesday night, as she partied with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
Mayor London Breed and other unmasked music fans “were treated to a surprise reunion by one of the Bay Area’s most popular R&B acts” at San Francisco’s Black Cat nightclub, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
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“The fact that we have not been able to enjoy live music in this way since the beginning of this pandemic made it even that much more special and extraordinary,” Breed told The Chronicle after the performance. “I was really honored and really in disbelief when I sat here and watched what I felt was history in the making.”
San Francisco’s mask mandate states: “Because of the recent surge in the Delta variant, everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated, must wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings at all times.” The only exception to the requirement is while people are actively eating or drinking.
Breed — who had a table of drinks in front of her and was often holding one — spent the night dancing, singing along and posing for photographs without a face covering.
San Francisco Mayor @LondonBreed partied maskless indoors with Black Lives Matter activists.
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“She’s been very clear that everybody needs to do their part, we’re not out of the woods. San Francisco’s rules have been very restrictive, and I don’t see her playing her part in that photo,” said Danielle Rabkin, Crossfit Golden Gate Gym owner.
Breed rationalized her behavior by saying that she tests for COVID-19 often, telling the Chronicle, “at the end of the day, everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination. That gives me a lot of reassurance.”
She added: “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 added. “This entire pandemic has been focused on keeping people safe.”
The pandemic, in the past year and a half, has exposed rampant hypocrisy among government, media, entertainment, and medical elites, including a “masks for thee, but not for me” double standard.
Breed, it turns out, appears to be a repeat offender of the city’s mask mandates.
The mayor has also been called out “for dining at the French Laundry in Napa as part of a party of eight when the state’s rules “strongly discouraged” social gatherings and capped them at three households.”
While she didn’t technically violate the state rules, the dinner was at odds with San Francisco’s stricter directive at the time. Breed’s dinner came just a night after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s own ill-advised French Laundry dinner.
The Crossfit Golden Gate Gym owner argued that the mayor’s actions prove that she doesn’t really believe in the rules she’s placing on others.
“She clearly feels like it’s fine and safe to remove her mask, then let that be the rule for everybody,” Rabkin argued. “You’re not impervious to COVID any more than I am, so let the rules for you be the same as the rules for me.”