When Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced on Thursday that she would reimpose a citywide indoor masks mandate starting on Saturday at 5:00 a.m., some folks puzzled what the wait was for. (Many others puzzled why the mandate was obligatory in any respect, provided that deaths and hospitalizations have each been within the single digits in current weeks.)
Effectively, it seems that somebody had a birthday to rejoice on Friday.
Social media sleuths have discovered pictures of the mayor and her mates partying with out masks in a seemingly well-ventilated although partly indoor area. This was not a small, intimate gathering, both: Comic Dave Chappelle even made an look. Bowser turns 49 on Tuesday.
— John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) July 31, 2021
The mayor’s workplace didn’t reply to requests for remark from media retailers. Technically, Bowser did not break the principles—the brand new masks mandate had not gone into impact but—and so long as everybody was vaccinated, this sort of gathering is sort of secure. However that is nonetheless rank hypocrisy. On the identical time that Bowser was partying maskless with celebrities, her Twitter feed was imploring folks to “masks up” extra usually.
Let’s keep on this collectively, DC. By masking up, we will shield our group and maintain DC open.
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— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 30, 2021
Whether or not or not Bowser intentionally delayed the masks mandate till a couple of hours after her get together had wrapped up, that is dangerous habits from a public official. There are an important many vaccinated folks in D.C. who want to rejoice their birthdays this month (disclaimer: I am one in every of them), but when they get together in public, in lots of circumstances they might want to put on masks to adjust to the mayor’s decree. No, this is not the best burden on this planet—however it’s a unnecessary burden. Regardless of the current paranoia concerning the delta pressure of COVID-19, the vaccines are holding up remarkably properly at stopping extreme illness and loss of life.
All through the pandemic, politicians and bureaucrats have requested the residents to make great sacrifices. However time and time once more, they’ve proven us that they don’t seem to be prepared to do the identical. The persons are anticipated to masks up and keep six toes aside, however our authorities leaders? Effectively, you solely flip 49 as soon as.