San Francisco mayor offers defense after video surfaces of her dancing indoors without a mask

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is speaking out after being caught on camera apparently without a mask at a nightclub‚ a violation of the city’s public mask mandate. 

A video of the alleged infraction was posted to Twitter, showing the mayor dancing near a group of fellow clubgoers, some also without masks. Breed was attending a live performance of the R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! at the Black Cat Club in San Francisco Thursday evening, according to CBS 5

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San Francisco requires that patrons at indoor performances wear masks unless actively eating or drinking, which the mayor contends she was doing except for a brief moment when she was seen dancing.

Breed told CBS 5 that people don’t “need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing.”

“My drink was sitting at the table,” Breed said. "I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” 

“No. I’m not going to sip and put my mask on, sip and put my mask up, eat and put my mask on,” she continued. “While I’m eating and drinking, I’m gonna keep my mask off."

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Breed was previously criticized for appearing with a group of people outside of her household at a popular restaurant amid a surge in cases. 

“This criticism is fair. It doesn't matter whether something is technically allowed or not — I need to hold myself to a higher standard and I will do better,” Breed wrote on Twitter at the time

The average number of daily reported COVID-19 cases in San Francisco has fallen by roughly 43 percent over the past 14 days, to an average of 110 per day. Data shows that 72 percent of the city's residents are fully vaccinated.