Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is facing backlash after she was seen at a wedding indoors without a mask, hours after her mandatory face covering order came back into effect.
Photos on Sunday emerged of Bowser at a wedding she officiated at the Line, a four-star DC hotel, the previous day.
In one photo, she can be seen sitting at a table indoors without a mask, along with other attendees who were also mask less.
The event came less than 24 hours after her reinstated indoor mask mandate for all DC residents over the age of 2 went back into effect at 5am that morning.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was under fire once again this weekend after she was seen officiating a large wedding (pictured), and in another photo from the event she appeared to sit indoors without a mask on, hours after her face covering mandate came back into effect
Bowser was also not actively eating or drinking, according to the Washington Examiner, which obtained the photo of Bowser indoors.
The photo sparked anger online, where commentators pointed out that Bowser appeared to not be following mandates that she herself had put in place.
‘If Muriel Bowser can’t even follow her own rules, why should others be forced to?’ tweeted Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
‘Muriel Bowser is absolutely shameless,’ wrote Natalie Johnson, communications director for US Rep. Nancy Mace.
‘Muriel Bowser should resign immediately,’ tweeted Robby Soave, senior editor for Reason.
Criticism to Bowser’s appearance at the wedding centered on her appearing to not follow her own mask mandate
Alex Burns senior political correspondent for the New York Times asked on Twitter, ‘How is this stuff still happening’
‘Why did DC Mayor Muriel Bowser just officiate a maskless wedding even though Saturday she ordered all residents and visitors to mask up?’ asked Paul Szypula on social media.
‘A rule maker who acts like the rules are meaningless is inviting lawlessness,’ tweeted Citizen Data CEO Mindy Finn. ‘I’ve defended Muriel Bowser in the past but her personal defiance of the mask order shows her a failed leader.’
Bowser has pushed back against the criticism, with her office saying that any photos taken of her indoors without a mask were during dinner.
‘If Mayor Bowser was photographed indoors without a mask, it was during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking,’ he office said in statement to WTOPNews.
Sunday’s uproar was not the first time this weekend Bowser faced backlash for appearing in public without a mask.
On Saturday she came under fire for partying without a face covering at a large gathering with celebrity comedian Dave Chappelle the previous day.
Earlier this weekend Bowser was also criticized for partying on Friday at a separate event (pictured) without a mask just hours before her mandatory face covering order came back into effect. She is pictured second from right alongside Dave Chappelle (center)
A second photo showed her surrounded by other guests at the event, which took place two days before her 49th birthday
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser implement an indoor mask mandate that will go into effect on July 31
The Mayor was seen cozying up to the funnyman for a photo with three other friends, none of whom had their faces covered.
That photo – which has gone viral on social media – appears to be have been taken indoors.
A second photo showed her surrounded by other guests at the event, which took place two days before her 49th birthday.
Although Bowser wasn’t technically breaking her own rules, the photos also sparked anger on Twitter, with some questioning just how concerned she was about the Delta variant.
‘So masks are only for the peasants, not the ruling class I guess. Great leadership,’ one raged.
During a Thursday press conference, Mayor Bowser said the masks are being reintroduced because of the Delta variant
‘Why do I need a mask this morning when you didn’t last night?’ another asked.
‘So much hypocrisy,’ a third person chimed in.
Washington DC has seen a 37.8 percent spike in the number of cases over the last week, including several members of the the Washington Nationals baseball team.
The Nationals were forced to postpone their game Wednesday night after four players and eight staffers tested positive, and all but one were vaccinated.
Washington DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said during a Thursday press conference that there’s been a ‘five-fold increase’ so far in July in the case rate.
Virus rates ‘are skewing to the younger population,’ Nesbitt said, and have increased for children age 5 to 14 and young adults age 20 to 34. The vaccine is only approved for ages 12 and up.
Many new cases have been linked to travel, dining out and social activities in large groups, she said.
Nesbitt said the vaccines ‘are working as intended,’ even when vaccinated people test positive for the coronavirus because the symptoms are milder and they don’t need to be hospitalized.