“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,” said Danielle Rabkin, Crossfit Golden Gate Gym owner, according to NBC Bay Area. The Black Cat Nightclub’s Instagram page had posted, and then deleted, a photo showing Breed smiling and partying with friends maskless on Wednesday evening, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. She was accompanied by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza and singer Raphael Saadiq.
“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy. San Francisco’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.
“My drink was sitting at the table, said Breed. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” Mayor Breed’s actions came under scrutiny on social media. One person posted on Twitter, “You’re the mayor and supposed to lead by example.”
Another person, who said she has been following masking rules, expressed disappointment. “I am a registered Democrat and I voted for her,” that post read. “I love you Madame Mayor, but it’s all over the news…You’ll need to address the public.”
The mayor replied by saying that the issue has been blown out of proportion. “No. I’m not going to sip and put my mask on, sip and put my mask up, eat and put my mask on,” said Breed. “While I’m eating and drinking, I’m gonna keep my mask off.”