Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday defended getting a haircut despite a statewide stay-at-home order that shuttered salons and other nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms. Lightfoot faced criticism over the weekend after a stylist posted that she had given her a trim earlier Sunday and included a photo of them standing side-by-side without wearing masks. The 57-year-old mayor brushed off the backlash Monday, saying the people of Chicago are more concerned with the public health crisis than her haircut.
“I think what really people want to talk about is, we’re talking about people dying here,” she said, the Chicago Tribune reported. “We’re talking about significant health disparities. I think that’s what people care most about.”
“We are trying to do the best that we can under difficult circumstances,” she said, CBS Chicago reported. “I am practicing social distancing. The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on. So, I’m practicing what I’m preaching and making sure. I don’t typically take pictures these days. But we are trying to do everything we can to emphasize the messages around social distancing, washing your hands, staying at home. But as an elected official and the public face of the city, I need to make sure that I am out there and visible through this crisis.”
The mayor then became “visibly annoyed,” according to the Tribune, after a reporter confronted her about a recent coronavirus public service announcement in which she admonished an off-screen person by saying, “Getting your roots done is not essential.”
Ms. Lightfoot told the reporter: “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, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut,” she added. “I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”