House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has received a lot of criticism for visiting a hair salon in San Francisco on Monday despite coronavirus-related guidelines.
USA Today reported that the city’s guidelines allow personal service providers “to reopen their businesses for outdoor services starting Tuesday, with clients seen one at a time,” and this includes hair salons. The guidelines also allow haircuts but prohibit but shampooing and hair coloring services.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesperson, said in a statement that Pelosi followed guidelines as given by the salon.
“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,” Hammill said.
However, security camera footage shows Pelosi with a face mask that appears to be around her neck. It was not covering her mouth or nose. Hammill also said that Pelosi did not wear a mask only for a short period of time. He then mentioned that she only took it off while her hair was being washed, reported USA Today.
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Republicans immediately painted Pelosi as a hypocrite, including San Francisco lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon.
On Tuesday, Dhillon, a critic of the coronavirus lockdowns, told Fox News: “When you open up the news and you see Nancy Pelosi wearing no mask and boldly walking into a hair salon…and doing her hair, I’m sure it raised the hackles of every woman in San Francisco who has not gotten her hair done in five months.”
“I think it should be legal for everybody,” Dhillon also said. “Every woman and man in California should be able to do what Nancy Pelosi did today without fear of arrest.”