Muriel Bowser is the most recent politician to be labeled a hypocrite, after critics noticed crimson over a maskless photograph of the Washington DC mayor with comic Dave Chappelle, taken shortly earlier than her mandate got here into operation.
The photograph, taken on the reopening of DC leisure venue The Anthem, options Bowser, Chappelle, district deputy mayor for planning and financial growth John Falcicchio, and two others. None is carrying a masks.
“DCisOpen and #Dave Chappelle reopened #The AnthemDC on Friday evening!” Falcicchio captioned the photograph on Twitter.
#DCisOpen and #DaveChappelle reopened @TheAnthemDC on Friday evening! pic.twitter.com/MiDypxUSCC
— John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) July 31, 2021
Masking had already been required on the venue “always,” however Falcicchio didn’t say whether or not the photograph had been taken on the grounds of The Anthem, or elsewhere. Bowser had introduced on Thursday that each individual over the age of two should put on a masks indoors in a public setting, no matter their vaccination standing.
The mandate got here into impact on Saturday morning, that means the photograph was taken simply hours earlier than the brand new steering kicked in.
One other photograph posted to Instagram – since deleted, however saved in screenshots – additionally confirmed what gave the impression to be an enormous and equally maskless celebration of Bowser’s upcoming birthday, taken later the identical evening.
Muriel Bowser masks mandate began at 5AM this morning.
(h/t @BradEngle for the party pic) pic.twitter.com/bLAtlmTftk
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 31, 2021
DC is the most recent metropolis to reinstate a masks mandate in response to slowing vaccination charges and a spike in instances.
“We’ll proceed to do what is critical to maintain DC protected,” Bowser mentioned when saying the mandate.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention lately reversed its steering on masking. Solely weeks after saying that vaccinated people not wanted to watch pandemic-era precautions, it mentioned indoor masking was nonetheless crucial in areas the place instances have been going up – a pattern well being specialists have attributed to the Delta variant.
Critics have argued that masks present little safety in comparison with vaccination, nonetheless, and that the reinstatement of a masks mandate might result in additional lockdowns, which might be economically detrimental to companies which have struggled via the pandemic.
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Politicians reminiscent of Bowser have come underneath fireplace for sending the alternative message by way of their non-public actions to the one they preach publicly.
The mayor’s Anthem-evening photograph was ripped into by critics, a lot of whom used it as proof that her new mandate was “not about public well being.”
“Mayor Bowser made the masks mandate Saturday so she and the deputy mayor might get this maskless image with Dave Chappelle final evening,” Fox Information’ Cameron Cawthorne tweeted.
“Maybe a solution to the query of why the DC masks mandate solely went again into impact this morning,” concurred the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy.
Right here's the clown Mayor of DC not obeying her personal masks orders tonight after she simply made them yesterday.
Cease listening to her. pic.twitter.com/vSHSWeJfQK
— Tim Younger (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 31, 2021
In November, @MurielBowser broke her journey restrictions to get together with Biden in Delaware.
Now, she’s reimposing citywide masks mandates regardless of no vital rise in deaths, however not earlier than she celebrates her birthday with a DJ & Dave Chapelle.
This isn’t about public well being. https://t.co/flfLDZzA86
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) July 31, 2021
I assume we now know why Bowser waited till Saturday to implement her masks mandate pic.twitter.com/d9JiTFMYkD
— Greg Worth (@greg_price11) July 31, 2021
Present DC Covid-19 laws say that totally vaccinated individuals “could go to with a small group of [other] totally vaccinated individuals in an indoor setting with out the necessity to put on a masks or social distance.” Nevertheless, whether it is “tough” to know the vaccination standing of all individuals collaborating in such a gathering, totally vaccinated individuals are required to put on a masks and social-distance like their unvaccinated friends.
Bowser hasn’t immediately commented on the images, however did rejoice Chappelle’s present on Friday as a part of town’s reopening after a 12 months of lockdowns.
“Washingtonians have waited months to have the ability to get pleasure from reveals like this one once more, and it makes it even sweeter to have the ability to reopen considered one of our favourite venues with a efficiency from one of many world’s most beloved comedians and a DC native, Dave Chappelle,” she wrote in a press release.
Bowser posted public messages the identical day urging DC residents to masks up but once more.
Let’s keep on this collectively, DC. By masking up, we will shield our group and hold DC open.
Learn the most recent masks steering: https://t.co/PsVCaHcKad
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 30, 2021
The mayor was accused of breaking her metropolis’s Covid-19 restrictions in November, when she traveled to Joe Biden’s presidential victory speech in Delaware – a visit her workplace described as “important journey.”
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