Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, D, apologized for his vacation trip to Mississippi on Wednesday after a backlash after advising residents to remain in custody over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hancock released a statement confirming that he had instructed people to “stay home and avoid unnecessary travel”. He said he publicly announced how his family had canceled the customary “Multi-Household Thanksgiving Day” but should have announced that his wife and daughter were in Mississippi after his daughter took a new job.
“As vacation drew near, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than have two family members travel back to Denver,” he said in the statement.
“I can see my decision disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone,” he added. “As an officer whose conduct is rightly being scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the Denver residents who see my decision as inconsistent with the guidance on staying home for all but essential travel.”
“I have made my decision as a husband and a father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive choices that are made in my heart rather than my head,” he concluded.
The mayor received criticism after it was reported that he flew to Mississippi hours later Tweet recommendations for people “avoiding travel if you can” for Thanksgiving this year as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations increase across the country.
The previous Wednesday, Mike Strott, a spokesman for Hancock, said the Denver Post in a statement that there was no contradiction between the mayor’s instructions and his escape when his family changed their plans from the tradition of gathering up to 50 people.
“[Hancock] told people to rethink their Thanksgiving plans. He has also said that if you travel to follow the health and safety guidelines, the mayor will follow the health and safety guidelines even after he returns, ”Strott told the newspaper.
Much like executives around the country, Hancock warned of large gatherings for the November holiday, saying, “We’re not going to sit here and tell you Denver Thanksgiving is canceled,” but people should “think differently” about holiday gatherings.
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