San Francisco Mayor London Breed was walking back on her own rules and doing damage control Friday after a video surfaced of her dancing without a mask during a night out at a San Francisco club.
Some individuals are accusing the mayor of breaking her own strict rules on masking, which are still required in all indoor settings within her jurisdiction.
The video showed Breed dancing without a mask at a rare live performance by the Oakland R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! at the Black Cat Club in San Francisco Thursday evening, CBS SF reports.
“London Breed, mayor of San Francisco … filmed partying without a mask despite the city’s indoor mask mandate, once again breaking her own COVID rules,” the caption of video reshared on Twitter reads.
In an interview to address the controversy, the mayor said: “We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing.”
The local CBS affiliate reports the city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking, and Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.
“My drink was sitting at the table,” Breed said. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask. Some say the mayor was flouting the same tough rules some SF business owners have been complaining about.”
The video was originally posted by Mariecar Mendoza, the senior arts and entertainment editor for the San Francisco Chronicle — who manages daily coverage and audience engagement for Datebook. The video was subsequently shared by other users on the platform.
“I chose to go to [Black Cat] last night for my first indoor concert since the pandemic … and this happened,” Mendoza wrote in the caption of her video.
Individuals must “now wear a mask in indoor public buildings even if you are fully vaccinated,” according to the City and County of San Francisco’s website, which was last updated on Sept. 2.
San Francisco and 7 other Bay Area health officials issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places and almost all individuals must wear a mask starting August 2, the local government’s website states.
The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors, whether public or private, according to an August 2 press release.
“You’re the mayor and supposed to lead by example,” an individual said on Twitter.
CBS reports the mayor called the whole controversy overblown.
“No. I’m not going to sip and put my mask on, sip and put my mask up, eat and put my mask on,” Breed said. “While I’m eating and drinking, I’m gonna keep my mask off.”
The outlet reports this isn’t the first time Breed has been under heat for her actions during the pandemic.
Last November, Breed was criticized for gathering with people from outside her household for a dinner — while she wasn’t violating health protocols, she seemed to defy warnings she had issued the week before about gathering with big groups, CBS reports.