Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed was caught with Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Alicia Garza at a nightclub event where all participants, including the two, spent the night maskless, denying the mayor’s own mandate.
Breed, who has already come under heavy criticism due to restrictive rules she imposed to deal with the coronavirus, was photographed on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by the San Francisco Chronicle at the Black Cat nightclub in San Francisco. None of the patrons were wearing masks.
Under strict San Francisco orders, announced by Breed in August, the Health Department requires all citizens to wear well-fitting masks in indoor public spaces, even if they are fully vaccinated against the virus, with the only exception being while actively eating or drinking.
“My drink was sitting at the table. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask. I was thinking about having a good time and in the process I was following the health orders,” Breed said.
As seen in the published images, Breed and the people accompanying her enthusiastically danced and sang without any social distancing or wearing face protection.
Mariecar Mendoza, an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, posted a video on her Twitter account on Thursday, which sparked outrage among her followers:
“I chose to go to @sfblackcat last night for my first indoor concert since the pandemic … and this happened,” Mendoza wrote, followed by a video in which the mayor can be seen fully unmasked.
Just a month ago, San Francisco announced strict restrictions for its residents, especially for those who are not vaccinated but also for those who are and even for those who may test negative for COVID.
At the time, Mayor Breed said publicly:
“This is to protect kids, is to protect those who can’t get vaccinated, is to make sure that we don’t go backwards, is to make sure that I never have to get up in front of you and say, ‘I’m sorry, I know we just reopened and now the city is closed again because we are seeing too many people die.”
Since the start of the pandemic, San Francisco has been noted as one of the cities to impose the strictest measures in the country. Proof of full vaccination is required for patrons and staff at restaurants, bars, gyms, and indoor entertainment venues, including concerts and sporting events, as well as social distancing and the constant use of masks.
Although she had not been abiding by her own restrictions, Breed posed for photos at the club, smiling alongside BLM founder Alicia Garza, who also had her face completely uncovered.
“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, expressing her joy.
Breed evidently wasn’t taking in the scale of her actions, nor much less the outrage it would generate among citizens who are pressured every day to abide by strict rules, which often goes against their will.