San Francisco Mayor London Breed remained steadfastly defiant about her habits Friday after she was photographed at a metropolis jazz membership dancing and singing with no masks on earlier this week despite a metropolis mandate.

“While I’m eating and drinking I’m going to keep my mask off,” Breed, a Democrat, instructed reporters whereas calling the story a “distraction,” primarily based totally on FOX 2 of the Bay Area. “And yes, in the time while we’re drinking like everyone else there, we were all having a good time and again all vaccinated.”

The mayor insisted the precept focus of media consideration needs to be on dwell music returning to San Francisco and talked about that inserting a masks on in between consuming and consuming isn’t “realistic.” 

“The fact that this is even a story is sad,” she talked about. 

But Breed’s personal metropolis ordinance, one in all many strictest in the nation, requires masks indoors, vaccinated or not, moreover the particular person is actively consuming or consuming.


“My drink was sitting at the table. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask,” Breed outlined. “I was thinking about having a good time and in the process I was following the health orders.” 

“I wasn’t thinking about a mask. I was thinking about having a good time and in the process I was following the health orders.” 

— London Breed, mayor of San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at a rally in the city, March 13, 2021. (Associated Press)

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks at a rally in metropolis, March 13, 2021. (Associated Press)

Breed added, she and fellow club-goers “don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing.”

“The fact that this story became about me and less about the artists and nightlife, which I will continue to enjoy in San Francisco, is very unfortunate,” she instructed reporters. 

Breed launched the need for the mannequin new masks mandate in August because of the delta variant continued to unfold, primarily based totally on FOX 2

“Our economy and our livelihood, and our kids going back to school, and everything in between depends on it,” she talked about on the time.

Smiling and partying

Photos and video of the occasion confirmed nearly no particular person in the membership sporting a masks. 

The Black Cat Nightclub’s Instagram web internet web page had posted, after which deleted, {{a photograph}} exhibiting Breed smiling and partying with associates maskless on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. She was accompanied by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and singer Raphael Saadiq. 

A Chronicle reporter furthermore tweeted video of Breed singing and dancing. 

Breed beforehand instructed the Chronicle that she checks for COVID-19 usually, and “at the end of the day, everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination. That gives me a lot of reassurance.”

“I’ve been very careful, not just because I want to set an example but because I don’t want to get COVID. I also want to make sure that I’m not someone transmitting COVID to other people,” she talked about. “This entire pandemic has been focused on keeping people safe.”

Not ‘playing her part’

But her actions nonetheless irritated San Franciscans, together with some Democrats. 

“She’s been very clear that everybody needs to do their part, we’re not out of the woods. San Francisco’s rules have been very restrictive, and I don’t see her playing her part in that photo,” talked about Danielle Rabkin, Crossfit Golden Gate Gym proprietor, primarily based totally on KNTV-TV.

“I am a registered Democrat and I voted for her,” a Twitter specific particular person wrote, primarily based totally on KPIX-TV in San Francisco. “I love you Madame Mayor, but its all over the news. …You’ll need to address the public.”

“I don’t know if it’s a moment in a club is the biggest offense, but I do agree she’s got the onus is a bit bigger on her to always lead by an example,” resident Naveen Baraj instructed KNTV

This isn’t the primary time that Breed is being criticized for breaking her personal coronavirus ideas. She was noticed in the swanky French Laundry restaurant in November consuming with seven fully completely different individuals to rejoice the birthday of a pal, socialite Goretti Lo Lui, the an equivalent restaurant Gov. Gavin Newsom was criticized for consuming maskless at all through the identical time. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress, drew criticism in 2020 for not sporting a masks at a hair salon that was presupposed to be closed because of coronavirus.

Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.