Thanksgiving — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Travels Out of State for Thanksgiving after Warnings

Denver mayor Michael Hancock at Broncos Stadium at Mile Superior, Denver, Colo., August 30, 2019(Ron

Denver mayor Michael Hancock at Broncos Stadium at Mile Superior, Denver, Colo., August 30, 2019(Ron Chenoy/Usa Now Sporting activities)

The mayor of Denver, Colo. is traveling out-of-state to celebrate Thanksgiving, after issuing warnings that folks must stay at residence and only expend the holiday break with men and women residing in their family, if feasible.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Hancock verified to 9News that he had boarded a flight to Houston on Wednesday to visit his daughter in Mississippi, and that his wife is by now there. An email obtained by the information station disclosed the mayor would be out of the workplace from Wednesday to Friday.

Approximately 30 minutes before the flight, the mayor’s twitter account urged individuals to “avoid vacation, if you can” and to “host virtual gatherings as an alternative of in-man or woman dinners” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As he has shared, the Mayor is not internet hosting his regular huge family members supper this 12 months, but instead touring on your own to join his spouse and daughter exactly where the 3 of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her home instead of obtaining them travel again to Denver,” the spokesperson claimed. “Upon return, he will adhere to all vital well being and safety direction and quarantine.” 

Hancock cautioned metropolis workers in an email on November 18 to refrain from touring owing to the surge in coronavirus scenarios.

“As the holidays strategy, we all extensive to be with our households with person, but with the ongoing increase in cases, I’m urging you to refrain from vacation this Thanksgiving holiday,” he wrote. “For my relatives that indicates cancelling our regular accumulating of our extended spouse and children.”

He extra that staffers who vacation out of point out would have to quarantine for 14 days and that staff who just can’t function from house would have to have to use their paid out time off for the go away. 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Tuesday stated that one particular in 41 Coloradans is now infectious with COVID-19, the maximum stage due to the fact the pandemic started. There have been 33,971 complete coronavirus scenarios in Denver and 494 deaths.

Hancock results in being the latest community formal to facial area public backlash over a “do as I say, not as I do” mentality toward the virus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sparked outcry earlier this week when he uncovered he prepared to shell out Thanksgiving with his 89-year-outdated mother, following warning New Yorkers not to hold their usual Thanksgiving gatherings as the virus is easily spread indoors. He later reversed system, canceling his holiday getaway ideas.

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