On March 25, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a message for city residents, stay home. She held a press conference with Police Superintendent Charlie Beck and several others to reiterate her message.
We want to remind people of this critical guidance that is meant to keep them safe. As I said during my press conference earlier this week, if we see gatherings, we will shut them down, period. Folks, this situation is deadly serious. And we have to take it seriously, all of us, and we need you to take it seriously.
If we don’t maintain the social distancing we need, we will lose ground that we’ve gained. Simple as that. And the longer we don’t follow this order, the longer this crisis will last, the sicker people will get, and the harder the strain on our healthcare system.
At the close of the press conference, Beck noted that residents who broke the stay-at-home order would be given one warning. After that, they would be issued $500 citations, and if they continued to flout the law, would be subject to physical arrest.
Just days later on April 6, a woman posted a picture of herself with Mayor Lightfoot, noting that she had the pleasure of giving the mayor a hair trim. The pair were not wearing masks, nor standing six feet apart.
When asked why she was allowed to get a haircut when her residents are barred from such activity, Lightfoot responded:
“I’m in the public everyday and candidly, my hair was not looking the way it did,” she said. “I thought I would do it myself but I thought it would be a disaster. So I got a haircut.”
When pressed about not practicing what she preaches, Lightfoot continued:
“I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye. I’m a person who takes their personal hygiene very seriously.”
So, as long as you’re a public figure, and you take your hygiene seriously, then clearly you get to break the law.
There was no word on whether or not Beck issued Lightfoot a warning.