DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Partied Maskless Mere Hours Before New Mandate Took Effect
When Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Thursday that she would reimpose a citywide indoor mask mandate beginning on Saturday at 5:00 a.m., some people wondered what the wait was for. (Many others wondered why the mandate was necessary at all, given that deaths and hospitalizations have both been in the single digits in recent weeks.)
Well, it appears that someone had a birthday to celebrate on Friday.
Social media sleuths have discovered pictures of the mayor and her friends partying without masks in a seemingly well-ventilated though partly indoor space. This was not a small, intimate gathering, either: Comedian Dave Chappelle even made an appearance. Bowser turns 49 on Tuesday.
— John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) July 31, 2021
The mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment from media outlets. Technically, Bowser didn’t break the rules—the new mask mandate had not gone into effect yet—and as long as everyone was vaccinated, this kind of gathering is quite safe. But this is still rank hypocrisy. At the same time that Bowser was partying maskless with celebrities, her Twitter feed was imploring people to “mask up” more generally.
Let’s stay in this together, DC. By masking up, we can protect our
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