Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) seemed to time her latest mask mandate to allow an exception for her star-studded birthday party on Friday night.
According to reports, Bowser decided on Thursday to mandate that everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, must wear masks indoors in D.C. because of cases rising in the district, but she said that the mandate wouldn’t start until Saturday morning.
No reason was given for the delay in the start of requiring masks, and D.C. was suddenly catapaulted into “substantial” transmission on Wednesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidance Tuesday to say that those in areas of substantial or widespread transmission should mask up regardless of vaccination status.
The reason for the delay became clear, however, when photos of a party to celebrate Bowser’s Aug. 2 birthday surfaced showing a maskless crowd.
An inconvenient truth
The DJ for the party tweeted a photo, as well as others that showed the mayor with comedian Dave Chappelle and other attendees, maskless and not social distancing.
Muriel Bowser mask mandate started at 5AM this morning.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 31, 2021
Critics have questioned the need for further masking among the vaccinated amid reports that the delta variant of COVID-19 is more infectious but much less deadly than the original strain of the virus.
This follows the typical pattern for viruses, which mutate to reach more hosts but usually become milder when they do so.
Much ado about nothing
According to CNS News, a recent study in England showed that no one who was vaccinated died from the delta strain, and fewer people who were unvaccinated died. A similar study in Israel also reportedly showed deaths at fractional percentages for vaccinated people.
The government’s inability to look at changes in the virus when making mandates shows what many conservatives already know: the government should not be making our health decisions for us.
If people want to wear masks because of the delta variant, they have absolute freedom to do so. No one will stop them.
But taking away people’s freedom to make informed decisions for themselves is more like Bowser’s style — not to mention exempting herself from those mandates when it is inconvenient for her.