Nancy Pelosi Visited San Francisco Salon Despite Citywide Closure

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) visited a San Francisco hair salon for a wash and blow-out on Monday, the salon’s owner told Fox News, despite a citywide closure on hairstyling businesses.

San Francisco only allowed hair salons to reopen with outdoor services on Tuesday, following a closure to combat the coronavirus pandemic. However, Pelosi apparently received indoor services at eSalon near the city’s Marina district on Monday.

Owner Erica Kious criticized Pelosi in an interview with Fox, while security footage obtained by the network appeared to show Pelosi inside the premises. Kious said a stylist who rents a chair in the salon contacted her about the visit, and that she doesn’t have control over whether the stylists bring customers to the salon because they’re currently not required to pay her.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious said.

“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,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement. “The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”

National Review has reached out to the speaker’s office for additional comment.

San Francisco implemented some of the strictest coronavirus lockdown measures in the country in March, issuing a “shelter-in-place” order for residents with exceptions only for exercise and visits to grocery markets and pharmacies. The city allowed hair and nail salons to reopen on Tuesday for outdoor services only, and will clear gyms to open outdoors next week.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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