Pelosi used shuttered San Francisco hair salon for blow-out, owner calls it ‘slap in the face’
‘We have been shut down for so long,’ owner says
WATCH: Security footage shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting a San Francisco hair salon, despite local rules keeping salons closed amid coronavirus. Pelosi is seen moving about the salon without a face covering.
EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News had learned.
In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.
The stylist doing her hair can be seen following her wearing a black face mask.
Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.
‘I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry and my city … is going through right now.’— Salon owner Erica Kious
Salon owner Erica Kious, in a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday, shared details of Pelosi’s visit. Kious explained she has independent stylists working for her who rent chairs in her salon.
“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said.
A screengrab of the text message she received from one of her stylists, and obtained by Fox News, said: “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”https://edd574fb9d3f50624295bdc8d8dd6888.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Kious replied: “Pelosi?”
Nancy Pelosi pictured without mask in hair salon
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The most powerful elected US Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, who scolds President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask, has been pictured without a face covering in a San Francisco hair salon.
Footage obtained by Fox News showed the House of Representatives speaker inside the premises on Monday, breaking the city’s coronavirus-prevention rules.
San Francisco’s pandemic orders do not allow hair salons to open indoors.
Thousands of California businesses have shut permanently amid virus curbs.
Mrs Pelosi – who always wears masks in public – often admonishes Republicans to “listen to the science” on the pandemic.
But the Fox News footage showed her walking with a face mask around her neck, rather than over her mouth, through eSalon.
A stylist, who was wearing a mask, was shown following her.
The California Democrat’s spokesman said she did not realise she was breaking her home city’s rules on virus prevention.
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“This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTAds by Teads
“The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
Mrs Pelosi has herself previously cited US Centers for Disease Control guidelines recommending that Americans wear face masks in public, especially when physical distancing measures are difficult.
After Monday’s appointment, the House speaker appeared on MSNBC with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
She told the network that Mr Trump had “slapped science right in the face” last week by allowing an audience of mainly mask-less invitees on the White House lawn to watch his speech to the Republican convention.Skip Twitter post by @SpeakerPelosihttps://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=BBCWorld&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1300816912868347904&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld-us-canada-53994209&siteScreenName=BBCWorld&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=550pxReport
The salon owner, Erica Kious, told Fox News she rents chairs to a stylist, who notified her that Mrs Pelosi’s assistant had c