The Speaker was criticized after a video showed her without a mask at an indoor salon.

By Kimberly Truong
Sep 02, 2020 @ 9:54 am
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Nancy Pelosi has issued a statement after drawing backlash for appearing not to wear a mask at an indoor salon.

The Speaker of the House was seen in security footage obtained by Fox News from Monday at eSalon in San Francisco without a mask, in apparent non-compliance with COVID-19 measures in California. In San Francisco, face coverings are required in most public settings, and salons can only operate outdoors under new rules that went into effect Tuesday.

Pelosi, who made masks mandatory on the House floor and has criticized Donald Trump for not wearing masks, was deemed "hypocritical" after the footage was uncovered. In response, she said that the salon had offered her an appointment and assured her they would be following rules dictated by the city.

"The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements," Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi, said in a statement to The Guardian. "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. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment."

The salon’s owner, Erica Kious, told Fox News that one of her hairstylists who rented a chair at the salon had opened it specifically for Pelosi’s appointment.

“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," Kious said.

Though mask-wearing is not mandated by federal law, several states, including California, have urged citizens to wear protective face coverings in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.