Photos appear to show DC mayor celebrating birthday maskless hours before mandate went into effect

Photos on social media appear to show Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrating her upcoming birthday and posing for photos maskless with comedian Dave Chappelle hours before the city’s mask mandate was put into effect.

“When your asked to Dj for the Mayor!!! Happy Birthday @mayor_bowser,” a caption on an Instagram post published by user Jeffrey Mercer Friday night says, accompanied by photos of Bowser and Chappelle attending a party. Bowser’s birthday is on Monday.

Bowser announced a mask mandate in the city on Thursday, saying all residents would be required to mask up beginning Saturday at 5 a.m.- READ MORE