Security footage shared by a frustrated salon owner appears to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receiving a wash and blow-out despite local health orders that have closed salons for months during the ongoing pandemic.
In security footage of the congresswoman’s Monday afternoon visit obtained by Fox News, Pelosi is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair and without a mask or face covering, while her stylist wore a black mask.
Watch Nancy Double-Standard Pelosi as she tries to sneak out of a hair salon in San Francisco
Orders over China virus have kept every salon & countless other businesses in Pelosi’s district shut down
People are suffering but at least Pelosi’s hair thrives! pic.twitter.com/ukKN85vHrV
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) September 1, 2020
Salons in the city were only recently notified that they could reopen on September 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only after being shuttered since March.
In a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday, salon owner Erica Kious shared details of Pelosi’s visit.
“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said, providing the news outlet with a screenshot of the text message.
“I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair,” the stylist tells Kious, to which she simply responds, “Pelosi?”
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious told Fox News, explaining that she “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent chairs from her, as “they’re not paying” at this time.
“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 told Fox, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on.
Fox carefully noted that, from the footage, it appeared as though Pelosi had some kind of covering around her neck.
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious went on. “It is just disturbing.”
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told Fox. “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. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
Kious contested Hammill’s claim, arguing that “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair” according to coronavirus safety precautions for hair salons, a service Pelosi reportedly received.
“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 lamented.
“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” she went on. “I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”
“The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face,” Kious added.
Kious told Fox that she was expecting to reopen her salon in July.
“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, explaining that she installed plexiglass partitions between sinks and seating areas, checked that all salon chairs were six feet apart, and ensured proper air circulation from open windows.
“They never let us open,” she said, because her salon specializes in hair color and using such chemicals outside is prohibited in the state.
“This is for everybody,” she said, elaborating on just how hard the government-imposed business closures have hit the area. “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 that despite receiving a $12,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan, ongoing closure will force her to shut down her salon for good within the next 30 to 60 days.
“No one can last anymore,” she explained. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”
Kious likened the area where her salon is located to “a third world country,” after months of business closures, as “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 city’s homeless population is “everywhere” and “defecating” throughout the city.
“It has gotten so extreme,” Kious concluded. “It is so night and day from what it was a year ago, that everyone is fleeing.”
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