When the Mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, announced Thursday that she would re-enforce an inner mask mandate across the city starting Saturday at 5:00 a.m., some people wondered what the wait was all about. (Many others wondered why the mandate was necessary, given that deaths and hospitalizations have been in the single digits in recent weeks.)
Well, it looks like someone had a birthday to celebrate on Friday.
The social media detectives discovered photos of the mayor and her friends partying without masks in a seemingly airy, though partially indoor space. This wasn’t a small, intimate get-together either – comedian Dave Chappelle even made an appearance. Bowser turns 49 on Tuesday.
#DCisOpen other #DaveChappelle reopened @AnthemDC Friday night! pic.twitter.com/MiDypxUSCC
– John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) July 31, 2021
The mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Of the media. Technically, Bowser didn’t break the rules, the mask’s new mandate had yet to go into effect, and as long as everyone was vaccinated, this type of gathering is pretty safe. But this is still true hypocrisy. At the same time that Bowser was partying without a mask with celebrities, his Twitter account implored people to “mask” themselves more generally.
Let’s stay on this together, DC. By masking ourselves, we can protect our community and keep DC open.
Read the latest mask guide: https://t.co/PsVCaHcKad
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 30, 2021
Whether or not Bowser deliberately delayed the mask’s mandate until a few hours after his party had ended, this is bad behavior from a public official. There are a lot of vaccinated people in DC who would like to celebrate their birthday this month (disclaimer: I am one of them), but if they celebrate in public, in many circumstances they will have to wear masks to comply with the mayor’s rules. decree. No, this is not the biggest load in the world, but it is a unnecessary load. Despite recent paranoia about the delta strain of COVID-19, vaccines are very well maintained to prevent serious illness and death.
Throughout the pandemic, politicians and bureaucrats have asked citizens to make enormous sacrifices. But weather and time againThey have shown us that they are not willing to do the same. People are expected to mask themselves and stand six feet away, but our government leaders? Well, you only turn 49 once.