For weeks, the people of San Francisco have been waiting for local restrictions to lift so they could return to their routine hair colouring, trims and blowouts. One person, it turned out, did not have to wait.
The most powerful elected US Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, has visited a hair salon in San Francisco, breaking rules that only allow service outdoors, in order to control the spread of coronavirus.
Ms Pelosi was also seen with a face mask around her neck rather than over her mouth. She has criticised President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask.
A spokesman said she did not realise she was breaking her home city’s rules.
Thousands of California businesses have shut as part of measures to fight coronavirus.
Mrs Pelosi – who always wears masks in public – often admonishes Republicans to “listen to the science” on the pandemic.