Controversial Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot hit the headlines again after breaking her city’s own mask rules to pose for a photo bare-faced at a basketball game.
Lightfoot shared the snap of herself smiling, while surrounded by scores of fans – all of them masked – after the game at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena Sunday night.
‘What a moment. Congrats champs! A first but not the last for Chicago Sky’ she tweeted while holding her arms in the air in celebration at Chicago’s first WNBA title with a 80-74 win over Phoenix,’ she wrote.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was pictured at a Chicago basketball game without a face mask
The Chicago mayor was celebrating the Chicago Sky win over Phoenix Mercury in their first WNBA championship but appeared to be completely unmasked at the time
But Lightfoot shared the snap despite Illinois’ statewide mask mandate requiring all sporting fans over the age of two to wear masks at the Wintrust Arena, regardless of their vaccination status.
Lightfoot’s lack of a mask quickly caught the attention of followers on Twitter who were less than impressed.
‘That’s cute, but Illinois has an indoor mask mandate, irregardless of vaccine status, ma’m. Where is YOUR mask?’ asked Kate.
‘I thought there is an indoor mask mandate in place? I guess not for everyone eh?’ tweeted Mike.
‘So much for that indoor mask mandate eh,’ added Ken.
Lightfoot was roundly criticized on social media having been caught without a face covering which is currently mandated by the state of Illinois
A few people online quickly came to the mayor’s defense.
‘I was sitting across from the mayor, she had her mask on the entire game – she pushed it down because the woman in the yellow hat was taking a photo,’ wrote television producer Afua Owusu.
But even that did not satisfy social media users.
‘In this picture, she has NO mask on. It’s not pushed down, it’s nonexistent.’ tweeted Dave Pollock.
‘Ahhh Covid doesn’t spread for photo ops. I’ll remember that for my next photo. thanks!’, wrote Kaleb sarcastically.
Candace Parker #3 of the Chicago Sky celebrates with her teammates after winning Game Four of the 2021 WNBA Finals against the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday at the Wintrust Arena
One person defended her saying she had only temporarily removed her mask to have a photograph taken
Social media users did not buy the argument that the mayor had simply ‘pushed her mask down’
Another Twitter user said it appeared the mayor had been the victim of a ‘hit job’ by someone in her team for posting such a photograph
One person believed the posting of Lightfoot unmasked was a ‘hit job’ of sorts.
‘Assuming you don’t post on your own acct, but this is clearly a hit job by whoever does by putting her in a crowd in a pic with no mask, I’m sure they had plenty of pics with masks and of the actual team, this is so stupid it seems intentional.’
Masks are currently required in Illinois, including Chicago in all indoor public settings such as bars, restaurants, grocery stores and gyms, regardless of whether you’re vaccinated or not.
Masks must also be worn on public transport, in healthcare settings and in schools.
There have been more than 1.6 million cases of the coronavirus across the state of Illinois since the pandemic began in March 2020 resulting in 25,407 deaths.
In the city of Chicago there are roughly 320 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed each day, which is about a 2% positivity rate.
21 people a day, on average, in the Windy City are hospitalized with the virus with resulting in around three deaths a day from the disease across the city.
There have been more than 1.6 million cases of the coronavirus across the state of Illinois since the pandemic began in March 2020 resulting in 25,407 deaths. In the city of Chicago there are roughly 320 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed each day, which is about a 2% positivity rate
It doesn’t work unless you wear it Joe! President Biden is filmed breaking DC’s mask mandate by walking through upmarket Italian restaurant with face-covering in his HANDS, with Jill seen going bare-faced too
The president and first lady were seen at Fiola Mare, a seafood restaurant popular with the political set in the Georgetown area of the city.
‘Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status,’ the restaurant states on its website.
‘Masks must be always worn while in our restaurants, except while eating and drinking.’
Joe Biden was seen on Saturday night arriving at a DC restaurant with his face mask in hand
The first lady was also flouting the Washington DC mask mandate as she entered the eatery
The president had his face mask in his hand when he left the restaurant, although his Secret Service detail were wearing theirs. Outside he was not required to be wearing it
Biden is seen on Saturday night leaving Fiola Mare after dinner with his wife
Yet the 78-year-old and his wife were both maskless as they walked through the restaurant, with their Secret Service detail wearing black face masks.
The president was carrying his face mask but not wearing it, despite vocally-pushing for people to wear them as often as possible.
President Biden has also frequently donned his own mask, despite being fully-vaccinated, in what some critics have branded political theater.
He has said he is determined to differentiate himself from Donald Trump, famed for turning his nose up at the coverings, and not being snapped wearing one until July 2020 – five months after cases began to hit US shores.
In August the Mayor of DC Muriel Bowser reinstated a mask mandate, and ordered that restaurants, bars, and other liquor-serving establishments will face fines for not enforcing the rules.
A first violation will be punished with a warning from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), and the second will lead to a $1,000 fine.
After three or more violations, the business’s liquor license will be reviewed by the DC liquor board.
Unlike in New York, restaurants are not required to insist on proof of vaccination or a negative test.
The White House has not commented on the Bidens’ rule breaking.
Fiola Mare, in the Georgetown district of Washington DC, is popular with politicians
Chef Fabio Trabocchi owns a series of restaurants, including Fiola Mare and Fiola da Tabocchi
Biden had the ‘lobster,’ a patron told the pool reporter – although the only lobster on the menu appears to be a $46 crudo.
Wild New Zealand langoustine, are also available, at $28 each.
Fiola Mare, owned by James Beard Award-winning Chef Fabio Trabocchi, is a frequent haunt of politicians and power lunchers: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump dined there with Ted Cruz and his wife, while the Obamas were regulars.
Barack Obama celebrated his birthday there in 2016.
‘The Obamas would stroll in like a gorgeous, happy ex, to celebrate a birthday or throw a party for Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, and you could feel the whole restaurant swoon,’ wrote Moe Tkacik, a former server, in a February article for Slate.
She used the article to condemn members of the Trump administration for being poor tippers and demanding guests.
While the Obamas were regularly seen at DC dining hotspots, Donald and Melania Trump only ever ate at one restaurant, located in his own Trump International Hotel.
Of the Obamas, Tkacik wrote: ‘Their staffers and allies had lived inside city limits and loved ordering things like sea urchin and microbatch bourbon.
‘They tipped as reliably as normal Democrats but on substantially more hedonistic check averages.’
Tkacik, a self-described Bernie Sanders supporter, told how Stephen Miller, Trump’s chief speechwriter, expected exhausting detail about his caviar, while multi-millionaire Trump insiders, such as commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, were mean with their gratuities.
Education secretary Betsy DeVos, meanwhile, ‘was a paragon of superficial graciousness, even if she didn’t tip quite enough to compensate for two or three tables that would ask to move if she was seated near them.’
Tkacik did not name the restaurant she worked for, but on her Twitter profile she says she worked at Fiola Mare.
Louise Linton is pictured with her husband, Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, in 2017
Linton, Tkacik says, ‘had so many dietary restrictions the whole meal was just awkward’
Regular guest Wilbur Ross was ‘perennially scowling’ and never tipped more than 14 per cent
Maria Trabocchi, center, visits with diners at her and her husbands’ restaurant at Fiola Mare
The restaurant is on the edge of the Potomac river in Washington DC
After the 2016 election, they knew things would change.
‘Business plunged as the last Obama veterans decamped for Big Tech gigs, the experience was painful for all,’ she wrote.
Tkacik described ‘the peculiar misery of waiting tables in D.C. during the Trump era’
‘Baseball caps violated our dress code, so for those more decorated Trumpets, most meals began with an unwanted amuse-bouche of flambéed persecution complex.
‘Knowing they would otherwise tip badly, I’d fall all over myself to send them little comps – and they would still, more often than not, tip less than 18 or even 15 percent.’
Meanwhile, she described Ross as ‘the perma-scowling almost-billionaire’ who became a regular, ‘despite what always seemed to be a vibe of great displeasure enveloping his presence when I approached his table.’
She said: ‘He ordered the cheapest wine on the by-the-glass list and didn’t tip more than 14 percent, no matter how often you topped him off without charging.’
Cohn ‘was a bigger spender who still couldn’t bring himself to tip more than 18 percent,’ she said.
Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior advisor, was obsessed with detail of the caviar provenance
Fiola Mare is known for its seafood, in particular the seafood tower
Miller came to dine with his brother, and ‘interrogated’ Tkacik about the caviar.
‘He wanted to know exactly which bodies of water had produced the caviar and how precisely it had been extracted from its mother,’ she said.
‘As a waitress, it was hard to hate anyone who ordered 3 ounces of caviar at brunch.’
Trump’s former campaign manager, Washington lobbyist Paul Manafort, used a fake name to book a table for ‘an inexplicably awkward ‘celebration’ dinner and tipped 25 percent.’
Tkacik noted: ‘A creature of Washington who spent decades trickling the spoils of global kleptocracy down to the fine-dining servant class, Manafort obviously knew how to act.’
Not all of the Republicans were known to be difficult.
Cruz, she said, was ‘impeccable’ and his ‘gracious wife’ Heidi described as being: ‘amenable to Sancerre at any price point, takes literally 15 seconds to order, reliable tipper, doesn’t make you ‘work for it.”
Tkacik said: ‘That’s how you knew he wasn’t a real Trumpist.’
She said she stopped working nights in 2019.
‘The Trump years were lean ones for fancy restaurants in D.C. not located inside the Trump Hotel,’ she concluded.
‘But now that they’re gone, good God it must be said: They really were the scum of the earth, and while some of them, I’m sure, are good people, I’ll be plenty happy with merely a $1,400 check if I never have to see another one of them in my section again.’