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President Biden caught not wearing mask at swanky DC restaurant, violating city's mask mandate

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President Joe Biden was caught on video not wearing a mask while walking inside of a swanky restaurant in Washington, D.C. – violating the city's face mask mandate.

The president and first lady dined at the Michelin-starred Fiola Mare restaurant on Saturday night. The extravagant restaurant's cuisine is "inspired by Italy's coastlines and the bounty of its most pristine seafood." The restaurant sells an ounce of Royal Oscietra caviar for $250.

Photos and videos show Biden not wearing a mask while walking through the restaurant.

There has been a mask mandate in effect in Washington, D.C. since July 31.

This guidance presents recommendations that the general public should follow for wearing face masks (or cloth face coverings) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it also provides the rules that must be followed for masking indoors, even for fully vaccinated persons.

This includes any business or establishment open to members of the public (including but not limited to: grocery stores, restaurants and bars (when not eating or drinking), places of worship, gyms, office buildings, libraries, indoor entertainment venues.

The Fiola Mare restaurant states on its website that masks are required.

Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be always worn while in our restaurants, except while eating and drinking. Thank you for understanding.

The same day that the city's mask mandate went into effect, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) broke her own mask rule to officiate a wedding at a four-star hotel in the city.

Biden joins a long list of Democrats who flouted their own COVID-19 rules.

Democrats who broke their own coronavirus guidances include California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Biden's special envoy on climate John Kerry, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Los Angeles County supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

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