The most powerful elected US Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, who has scolded President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask, is depicted in San Francisco’s hair salon without covering her face.
Footage obtained by Fox News showed the House of Representatives speaker inside the complex on Monday, breaking the city’s coronovirus-prevention rules.
San Francisco epidemic orders do not allow hair salons to be opened indoors.
Thousands of California businesses have closed permanently amid the virus curse.
Mrs. Pelosi – who always wears masks in public – often inspires Republicans to “listen to the science” on the epidemic.
But footage from Fox News showed her walking through Elson with a face mask around her face instead of her mouth.
A stylist, wearing a mask, was shown behind her.
A California Democrat spokeswoman said she did not know she was breaking her home town’s rules on virus prevention.
Spokeswoman Dray Hamill said in a statement, “The business offered the speaker to come in on Monday and told that they were allowed to have only one customer at a time in the city.”
“The chairman complied with the rules presented to him by this establishment.”
Mrs. Pelosi has herself cited the first American Disease Control Guidelines which recommended that Americans wear face masks in public, especially when physical balance measures are difficult.
Following 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 invited viewers of the White House lawn to watch his speech at the Republican convention last week.
The owner of the salon, Erica Cusse, told Fox News that she gives chairs to a stylist who informed her that Mrs. Pelosi’s assistant had called, saying that her boss would take a wash and blow dry. Wanted to come
Ms. Cute told the cable network: “It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, she thinks she can just go and get her luggage while no one else can get in, And I can’t work. ”
According to a recent Yelp data study, more than 5,000 businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area have closed since March, more than 2,000 of which are permanently in place during the epidemic.
Outdoor haircuts were allowed in California from Tuesday under new rules announced by the mayor, but indoor salons remained closed.
Senate Republicans suggested that the House speaker was a hypocrite.
He tweeted: “Speaker Pelosi has put forward policies that will keep our economy closed and our small businesses shut down.
“But for himself? A salon visit whenever he wants.”
The House speaker has previously said Republicans could help create the conditions for a safe reopening if they would only “listen to the scientists”.
Mrs Pelosi also repeatedly criticized Mr Trump’s decision to cover face coverings extensively, calling them “cowards” and saying: “Real men wear masks.”
Coronavirus outbreaks have infected more than six million people in the US, while about 185,000 deaths have been recorded.