D.C. Mayor Gives Politicians Coming Back from Lewis Funeral a Pass on Quarantine Restrictions

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Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

On Friday, we reported about a man who was flying in for his father’s funeral when he observed the large funeral for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and made the heartbreaking tweet that his family would not be allowed to have more than 10 people at the funeral, because of virus rules.

“I get it. My dad wasn’t important. So it’s ok to limit his funeral to 10 people tomorrow,” Brink said.

An ABC reporter, Wendell Edwards, accused the man of making an attack on Lewis, which he was not doing. He then responded about the man, “His father was important and should be celebrated. But he was not John Lewis.”

Translation: some people are more equal than others.

Now, on Saturday, Washington, D.C. confirmed that was true. Ordinary people going to Atlanta, then trying to go back to D.C. are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the order of Mayor Muriel Bowser on July 24. That means they would have to “stay at their residence or in a hotel room, leaving only for essential medical appointments or treatment or to obtain food and other essential goods when the delivery of food or other essential goods to their residence or hotel is not feasible” as well as monitor for virus symptoms.


From Daily Wire:

Regarding why attendees at Lewis’ funeral escaped the strictures of self-quarantine, Bowser Press Secretary Susana Castillo characterized the ceremony as an essential government activity, telling Just the News on Friday, “Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”

The mayor’s office still deems the funerals of regular people non-essential activity, however. When asked whether attendees of non-government funerals in high-risk areas are still required to self-quarantine under the mayor’s order, Castillo responded simply, “Yes.”

Could it be any clearer?

Not to mention that attendance at church in such a crowd still isn’t allowed in most places, even with masks.

Even more? Members of Congress and government employees are also exempt from Bowser’s mask requirement.

Members of Congress are also exempt from Bowser’s recent edict mandating D.C. residents wear masks both in public indoor spaces and even outside if they “are likely to come into contact with another person, such as being within six feet of another person for more than a fleeting time[.]” Those who neglect to cover up expose themselves to the possibility of fines up to $1,000 per violation.

The order goes on to stipulate:

The enforcement provisions of this Order shall not be applied to persons in the judicial or legislative branches of the District government while those persons are on duty; and shall not apply to any employees of the federal government while they are on duty.


‘Rules for thee but not for me’ from politicians. How can they ask other people to adhere to rules from which they are excused? And how does the virus know to skip them because they are essential and the rest of us are all just peons?


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