NYC mayor maskless indoors after mandates for students: ‘Another let them eat cake moment’

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is the latest in an infuriating list of politicians who have given in to narcissism and exposed themselves as hypocrites via a selfie.

In a post on Instagram, Bronx Little Italy wrote: “Earlier today the Belmont [Business Improvement District ] welcomed @nycmayor, NYC Council Members, @nycsmallbiz and @theynycalliance to Arthur Avenue to speak with our restaurateurs about the outdoor dining program and issues the industry is facing.”

Sounds great, right?

Well, the problem is, the post featured several photos of the group, including Mayor Adams, indoors, completely maskless, less than two weeks after Adams proclaimed that New York City schoolchildren would have to mask up to go to school.

As reported in the New York Post, Adams went on local radio station 1010 WINS the day after a judge ruled NY Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statewide mandate unconstitutional, to justify his continued imposition of masks on children.

“We’re going to continue our mandates in schools,” he pledged.

After the judge’s ruling, Hochul’s camp immediately filed an appeal and was granted a stay, giving the state’s Education Department an excuse to continue requiring the masks.

In a statement, Emily DeSantis, a spokesperson for the Education Department, said: The governor and state DOH have filed a Notice of Appeal and are seeking confirmation that the court’s order is stated. While these legal steps occur, it is NYSED’s position that schools should continue to follow the mask rule.”

And that’s exactly what Adams told the people of the Big Apple he would demand of them.

“We believe that it’s allowing us to keep our schools open, as part of our overall safety plan,” Adams said. “Many people wanted schools to close, I was very clear that I was not going to close. Our children need to be in schools. It’s the safest place for children and we’re going to continue to have the mandate in place.”

The city’s Department of Education website even dictates how the kids can eat their lunches:

“During lunchtime, masks may be removed so students can eat comfortable at a safe distance form one other. Masks may also be removed during designated ‘mask breaks,’ during which students will maintain physical distance from each other.”

But in granting a stay, the appeals court judge didn’t just reinstate Hochul’s mask mandates for schools. The ruling meant that Hochul’s entire statewide mask mandate is back in play.

But in granting a stay, the appeals court judge didn’t just reinstate Hochul’s mask mandates for schools. The ruling meant that Hochul’s entire statewide mask mandate is back in play.

According to an FAQ on the governor’s website, “masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.”

So, unless Bronx Little Italy demanded that Adams and everyone else in those photos show proof of their vaccine status, Adams just violated the governor’s mask mandate.

Or perhaps Adams was just on a “designated mask break.”

Either way, it wasn’t a good look, especially considering one of the people he was pictured bare-faced with was Julio Gomez, an assistant principal in New York City, according to Fox News.

And, as it always does, Twitter made it’s feelings about Adam’s well known.


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