Nancy Pelosi Defies California Salon Rules, Gets Hair Done Indoors
San Francisco Salons Have Been Closed For Almost 6 Months; Pelosi Faces Backlash
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been outspoken on her support for COVID-19 restrictions in places like San Francisco, where salons have been closed for nearly 6 months and were only just permitted to offer outdoor-only services. But when surveillance footage leaked of Pelosi visiting a San Francisco salon—wearing her mask around her neck, indoors—the hairdressing community was outraged.
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e Salon SF owner Erica Kious said she rents chairs to independent stylists. One of the chair renters texted her Sunday letting her know Pelosi would be there for an appointment Monday.
“The speaker always wears a mask and complies with local [COVID-19] requirements,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement to The Washington Post. Hammill said Pelosi briefly moved her mask while getting her hair washed. “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 by this establishment.”
Salons in San Francisco have been closed since mid-March, and were never allowed to reopen even when other areas of California were able to take clients indoors. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced last week that salons could reopen for limited outdoor services only starting Sept. 1.
Stylists across the state have been protesting in recent weeks after being put through the wringer with confusing and sometimes conflicting messages from the state, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology. To read more about the situation in California and to see what areas of the state are allowing indoor services, click here. There have been 9,293 positive COVID-19 cases in San Francisco, according to the state’s public COVID-19 dashboard.