Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the welcome reception held at 1932 Rooftop Deck at LA Coliseum, Exposition Park in Los Angeles, Calif., August 23, 2021. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti appeared maskless at the Super Bowl on Sunday, flouting Los Angeles County’s indoor mandate and SoFi Stadium rules that require masking when not eating or drinking. Garcetti was seen doing the same during the National Football Conference Championship two weeks prior, also at SoFi Stadium.
A photo appeared to show the mayor maskless at the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, just two weeks after he was panned for being photographed maskless when the Rams and San Francisco 49ers faced off for the right to compete in the Super Bowl.
LA Mayor @ericgarcetti once again ignoring the mask mandate. That’s the second game in a row (last time he said he was holding his breath), but they are still forcing kids to wear masks every day. pic.twitter.com/PaGRhbye2x
— AG (@AGHamilton29) February 14, 2022
Garcetti, California governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco mayor London Breed, actor Rob Lowe, Los Angeles Dodges manager Dave Roberts, and others appeared maskless in photos from the NFC Championship, prompting allegations of elitism and hypocrisy as well as rule-breaking.
After the playoff game, Garcetti claimed he held his breath while the photo was taken.
“I wore my mask the entire game and when people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath,” he told reporters.
Hanging out at SoFi Stadium today! pic.twitter.com/XfotiRLGz9
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 31, 2022
“There’s a zero-percent chance of infection from that,” added Garcetti.
Garcetti was not the only one to appear without a mask during the Super Bowl; Jay-Z, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron were all also seen without masks. Meanwhile, many shots of the crowd showed fans without masks.
Here’s the video of every celebrity without a mask during the Super Bowl. But every kid in California will have to be wearing them tomorrow in school. They must all be holding their breaths the entire game. pic.twitter.com/Dc9yVd7RPf
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 14, 2022
California is set to lift its mask mandate on Tuesday, but students in schools will still be required to wear face coverings. Los Angeles County has not set a date for when it will lift its mask mandate, instead setting a threshold for when it will.”
“We’ll consider L.A. County to be out of the surge when we have fewer than 2,500 hospitalizations for seven consecutive days,” said L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer.
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