On Monday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon to get a blow-out even though local ordinances decided to keep hair salons closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News obtained surveillance footage showing the Speaker walking through eSalon in San Francisco without a mask on her face.
The stylist who was doing her hair was wearing a mask.
According to Fox News, “Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.”
The owner of the Salon Erica Kious reached out to Fox News to discuss the event. Kious was furious over Pelosi’s visit as she detailed how the events unfolded, noting that independent stylists rent out her chairs.
“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said.
A screenshot of a text message between her and one of her stylists read, “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious said to Fox News, adding that she “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent her chairs even though “they’re not paying.”
Kious blasted Pelosi for her double standard.
“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, also noting that she “can’t believe” the speaker wasn’t wearing a mask.
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious said. “It is just disturbing.”
Fox News reports:
Asked for comment, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill maintained that the speaker was following the rules.
“The speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” he said.
But the owner pushed back.
Kious said Pelosi received a wash and a blow-dry, but told Fox News that “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair” according to coronavirus safety precautions for hair salons.
“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.
“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” she explained. “I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”
She added: “The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”
Kious told Fox News that she had expected to be able to reopen her salon in July, and prepared her space in accordance with local guidelines.
“There were rules and regulations to go by to safely reopen, which I did, but I was still not allowed to open my business,” she said, noting that she installed plexiglass partitions between sinks and seating areas, and ensured that all salon chairs were six feet apart, along with proper air circulation from open windows.
“They never let us open,” she said, while adding that she is unable to reopen outside because her salon specializes in hair color, and using chemicals outside is prohibited.
But Kious said she is not alone in the hardships she has faced amid closures during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is for everybody,” she said. “I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry, and my city, what every small business is going through right now.”
Kious told Fox News that she was a recipient of a $12,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan, which was created to help small businesses stay afloat amid the pandemic under the bipartisan CARES Act (which Pelosi backed), but still is forced to shut down her salon for good within the next 30 to 60 days.
“No one can last anymore,” she said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”
Kious said that the area where her salon is located has turned into “a third world country,” saying that “every other storefront is completely vacant and shut down and boarded up.”
“And because of the shutdown, and the store closures, we’ve lost people, my clients, and my employees, and that is due to the politics in San Francisco,” she said, adding that the homeless population is “everywhere” and “defecating” all over the city.
“It has gotten so extreme,” she said. “It is so night and day from what it was a year ago, that everyone is fleeing.”
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