Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, dropped his face mask to below his chin while sitting with two other people in the stands at Nationals Park during Thursday night’s Nats game against the New York Yankees, according to a photograph published by WTOP.
The day before the Nats game, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had issued an order requiring people to wear masks in most circumstances when they are outdoors in Washington, D.C.
WTOP, a Washington, D.C., radio station, published an Associated Press story about the game that included a series of 33 AP photos.
Some of the photos show Fauci throwing out the first pitch for this MLB opening game.
The 30th photo in the series shows Fauci sitting in the stands with individuals sitting in the seats immediately to his left and right.
These other two people, a man and a woman, are both wearing masks over their mouth and nose.
Fauci has a mask draped over his ears, but the face covering is pulled down so that his nose and mouth are both exposed.
The caption does not identify the people sitting with Fauci.
But it does say the following: “Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, center, smiles as he watches an opening day baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).”
Mayor Bowser’s mask order, issued July 22, says in part:
“Except as specified in Section IV of this Order:
“1. Persons leaving their residences shall wear a mask when 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; …
1. Wearing a mask is not required when:
a. A person is a resident or guest in a private home or apartment;
b. A person is actually eating, drinking, or legally smoking;
c. A person is engaged in vigorous outdoor exercise and is maintaining social distance of at least six (6) feet from each other person;
d. A person is in the water at a swimming pool;
e. A person is in an enclosed office that no one else is permitted to enter;
f. A person is aged two (2) years old or younger;
g. A person is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability, or is physically unable to remove a mask;
h. A person is giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, provided no one is within six feet of the speaker;
i. A deaf or hard of hearing person needs to read the lips of a speaker;
j. The equipment required for a job precludes the wearing of a mask and the person is wearing that equipment, or when wearing a mask would endanger public safety;
k. A person has been lawfully asked to remove the mask for facial recognition purposes.