Pelosi ignores COVID restrictions, caught on camera in beauty salon
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to think COVID-19 restrictions in her home state don’t apply to her. On Monday, the speaker was caught on camera visiting a San Francisco hair salon despite city ordinances that continue to keep salons closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The security footage was obtained by Fox News and shows Pelosi walking through the salon with wet hair, and failing to wear a face mask. Her stylist is seen following her wearing a black face mask.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has kept hair salons in his state closed since March and only slightly reduced restrictions. Effective Tuesday some salons could begin offering outdoor hairstyling services.
The owner of the salon, Erica Kious, told Fox News that she decided to share details of Pelosi’s visit because she was disappointed to see someone in leadership acting like the rules didn’t apply to them. Like many salons, Kious rents chairs to different stylists who operate as independent contractors. She did not ok the speaker’s visit.
“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. “We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right? It is just disturbing.”
Kious also said that she was shocked to see Pelosi not wearing a mask.
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said that the speaker was following the rules as they were presented to her.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. 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,” he said.
Kious says those claims are false. She pointed out that Pelosi received a wash and a blow-dry and that according to coronavirus safety precautions, blow-drying is not allowed.
The salon owner told Fox News that she appreciates the Paycheck Protection Program which helped her stay afloat during the pandemic but says it wasn’t enough and she will still be forced to close in the next couple of months.
“No one can last anymore,” she said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city. The neighborhood where we are located looks like a third world country. Every other storefront is completely vacant, shut down, and boarded up.”
Kious says she hopes that this incident puts pressure on the Speaker to deliver much needed relief to business owners and to stop the gridlock in D.C.
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