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‘Hobnobbing with the maskless hordes!’: House speaker Pelosi slammed for not wearing a face covering

House speaker Nancy Pelosi has been slammed after she was pictured maskless indoors at Ivy Getty’s lavish wedding in San Francisco while children in California are forced to wear one. 

Pelosi was officiating the wedding of the billionaire oil heiress, 26, to photographer Tobias ‘Toby’ Engel at San Francisco City Hall on Saturday.  

The 81-year-old went maskless as she pronounced the pair man and wife, and then refused to wear a face covering as she mingled closely with guests at a crowded drinks reception at Getty Mansion. 

The event, which required proof of vaccination, was also attended by California Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

The pair are behind tough mask mandates, including the governor’s statewide rule for all schoolchildren. 

Reason editor Liz Wolfe tweeted: ‘Gavin Newsom, London Breed, Nancy Pelosi all in attendance, hobnobbing with the maskless hordes, at this extremely posh billionaire heiress wedding. But hey, let’s make sure San Francisco’s kids mask up in schools.’  

A photo shared by campaigners Reopen California Schools shows Pelosi mingling with guests in close quarters at a drinks reception after the Getty wedding at San Francisco City Hall

Fellow San Francisco native and current Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi officiated the ceremony

Fellow San Francisco native and current Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi officiated the ceremony

Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have been religiously donning masks wherever they appear at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow - with the Speaker sporting an eye-catching patterned face covering on Thursday

Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have been religiously donning masks wherever they appear at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow – with the Speaker sporting an eye-catching patterned face covering on Thursday

Official state guidance recommends masks in enclosed spaces, although they have been relaxed for certain indoor events where everyone is vaccinated, such as weddings with less than 100 guests. 

‘People in these settings may remove their masks if the employer or host of the gathering can control access to the setting and verify 100% full vaccination of everyone in the setting,’ the guidance from the city said.

‘The employer or host must also ensure proper ventilation, no recent COVID-19 outbreaks, and children under 12 and guests are not present, among other safety measures.’ 

It is not clear how many people attended the Getty wedding, but at least 60 could be seen in the overhead picture of Pelosi at the packed reception.  

In other photos of the wedding published by Vogue more than 100 chairs were set out for the ceremony. 

In California’s most recent mask rule update in September, it said: ‘Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone in indoor public places, like: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, State and local government offices that serve the public.’ 

Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have been religiously donning masks wherever they appear at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow – with the Speaker sporting an eye-catching patterned face covering on Thursday.  

The photos of Pelosi at the wedding have again brought into focus the sharp contrast between the political and social wearing of masks by lawmakers.

The sting is sharper for the Democrats who have made face coverings a political football and are careful to wear them on Capitol Hill as they paint the Republicans as a party which is careless about Covid-19. 

Newsom was notoriously photographed at a swanky restaurant last November after ordering state residents to stay home in a hard lockdown.

It was not clear if Newsom was wearing a mask at the Getty wedding.   

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was also attending the wedding, has ordered all schoolchildren to wear masks

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also attended the wedding at City Hall

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was also attending the wedding, has ordered all schoolchildren to wear masks (left). San Francisco Mayor London Breed (right) also attended the wedding at City Hall 

The Queen's Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy was among the bridesmaids and was on hand for wedding photos

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy was among the bridesmaids and was on hand for wedding photos

Bridesmaids got ready with Ivy during a pajama party the morning of the wedding

Bridesmaids got ready with Ivy during a pajama party the morning of the wedding

The wedding weekend also included either a pre-wedding party or an after-party, in which guests wore '60s-themed outfits

The wedding weekend also included either a pre-wedding party or an after-party, in which guests wore ’60s-themed outfits

It's unclear if the theme party took place on Friday or Saturday, or as an after-party to the wedding

It’s unclear if the theme party took place on Friday or Saturday, or as an after-party to the wedding

Reopen California Schools tweeted: ‘And why were guests able to do this?

‘Maskless indoors when school dances across California are cancelled and kids must keep masks on 7 hours/day including outside at recess in many parts of CA including SF.’

Last month, a California judge rejected a campaign group’s request for a temporary restraining order against the state’s mask mandate for schoolchildren enforced by Governor Newsom. 

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland denied the request made by the organization Let Them Breathe at a court hearing on September 30. 

Let Them Breathe and Reopen California Schools filed a lawsuit against the state in July opposing the mandate.

Both groups believe that the mandate was harmful to the students and that the COVID protocols being enforced were not supported by science. 

But Judge Freeland struck down their application for a restraining order against Newsom’s mandate after saying kids had been back for weeks with no issues.  

‘Here we are, Sept. 30th, school has started, kids have been in school with masks and the protocols have been in place,’ Freeland said on Thursday.

‘So I’m not seeing an emergency today that would warrant issuing an emergency restraining order.’ 

Newsom, who has been enforcing COVID protocols, applauded Freeland and the court’s decision in a written statement.

‘We are pleased that the court agreed with our argument that blocking the continued implementation of the universal masking requirement for K-12 schools was unwarranted at this time,’ he wrote.

‘Our guidance is firmly grounded in science and has been a critical component of our efforts to support the safe return to in-person learning for all students this school year.

‘Recent studies confirm that schools with universal masking requirements are much less likely to experience outbreaks, confirming that masking is a critical strategy to keep students safe and schools open.’

Newsom announced an additional vaccine mandate for schoolchildren that Friday and said that students 12 and over must get the shot in order to attend in-person classes. 


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