San Franciscans were outraged after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was caught on surveillance video violating local coronavirus restrictions to receive indoor services sans mask at a hair salon in her hometown.
However, something good has come from the exposure of Pelosi’s hypocrisy. The restrictions on San Francisco salons and gyms are being ended early and they will be allowed to open indoors on Monday, The Daily Wire reported.
The announcement came as a surprise in light of the fact that San Francisco was the first U.S. city to impose strict lockdown measures in response to the coronavirus, had indefinitely delayed all reopening measures in June following a spike in cases, and hadn’t intended to allow salons to open indoors until at least the end of September.
However, the backlash over Pelosi’s violation of the orders, combined with outrage over the discovery that city-owned gyms were allowed to open while private ones were closed, may have forced the mayor’s hand in this matter.
Certain indoor services to reopen
“I’m so glad we can move forward earlier than expected to reopen more businesses that have been closed since March. These businesses have been struggling, and starting Monday, they’ll finally be able to serve customers again, with the necessary safety precautions and modifications in place,” Mayor London Breed (D) said in a statement issued on Thursday.
“It’s on all of us to keep doing our part so that we can get more businesses reopened, get our kids back in school, and keep making progress on our economic recovery,” she added. “Wearing face coverings when you go out, keeping your distance, and washing your hands will help us keep the rate of transmission down and will help San Francisco recover from this pandemic.”
This accelerated reopening on Monday will allow businesses like “hair salons, barbershops, massage services, nail salons, gyms and fitness centers” to resume indoor operations, provided that there is limited capacity and that clients and employees wear masks at all times.
Task force grants approval
The mayor’s reopening plan has the backing of both the city’s health director, Dr. Grant Colfax, as well as the co-chair of the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, with the contingency that restrictions on capacity and masks be observed and that the city continues to see improvement in its rate of new infections and hospitalizations from the virus.
“Given our local trend in COVID indicators, low-risk, limited capacity indoor activities may resume,” Colfax said in the statement. “We will continue our gradual reopening as it allows us to monitor the spread, manage its immediate challenges and mitigate the long-term impact on our city.”
This is great news for Pelosi’s constituents in San Francisco who were upset to find out that, while they’ve been abiding by the lockdown orders, the people paid to serve them were violating those same orders without repercussion.
It’s also a bittersweet win for the salon owner who released the footage. After the footage aired, Kious had explained her reasoning:
Hairstylists and other small business owners in San Francisco and elsewhere are doing what they need to do to survive. The point of releasing this video was to show a woman in a high-risk age group who spends much of her time on TV warning about the dangers of COVID-19, feel safe and comfortable in a San Francisco salon, and can be responsible for being cautious and mindful. Why can’t the rest of San Francisco and the rest of America do that too?
Kious now says she is closing her San Francisco salon due to threats and online harassment. But her bravery in coming forward is greatly appreciated by her fellow Californians who want to get back to work.