Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was in the house and celebrating Sunday at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena as the Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury to win the WNBA Finals.
But it was what Lightfoot was not doing, at least for a few moments, that caused her to come under fire.
“What a moment. Congrats champs!” Lightfoot tweeted Sunday. “A first but not the last for @chicagosky.”
Attached to the post was a photo Lightfoot smiling, hands raised as she stood amid a sea of people.
Unlike most of the other people in the photo, however, the Chicago Democratic mayor was not wearing a mask, despite the fact that the city implemented an indoor mask mandate in August.
What a moment.
Congrats champs! 🎉
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) October 17, 2021
“Masks are required in all indoor public settings, including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs,” the city’s Aug. 17 news release read.
“Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials,” it added.
Lightfoot did not appear to be eating or drinking in the photo she posted.
Many users on social media were quick to point out that the incident effectively sent a “rules for thee but not for me” message to the public.
Mayor Lori lightfoot: everyone needs to wear a mask
Also Lori: pic.twitter.com/X7w9nXh87J
— Max Haid (@maxhaid10) October 17, 2021
— Alex Tuley (@tuleyaj) October 18, 2021
— #REKSERVICES (@REKServices) October 18, 2021
— Matt Passen (@PassenLaw) October 18, 2021
“Mask mandates are stupid at this point. We agree with you, @chicagosmayor,” attorney Matt Passen wrote on Twitter.