Denver Mayor Travels Out of State for Thanksgiving after Warnings Against Holiday Travel

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, August 30, 2019 (Ron Chenoy / USA Today Sports)

The mayor of Denver, Colo., Is traveling out of state to celebrate Thanksgiving, after issuing warnings that people should stay home and only spend vacations with people living in their households, if possible.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Hancock confirmed to 9News that he boarded a flight to Houston on Wednesday to visit his daughter in Mississippi, and that his wife is already there. An email obtained by the news station revealed that the mayor would be out of the office from Wednesday to Friday.

About 30 minutes before the flight, the mayor’s Twitter account urged people to “avoid travel, if you can” and “organize virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As he said, the mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but is traveling alone to join his wife and daughter, where the three of them will be celebrating Thanksgiving at his residence instead of sending them back to Denver ”. said the spokesperson. “Upon his return, he will follow all necessary health and safety advice and quarantine.”

Hancock warned city staff in an email Nov. 18 to refrain from travel due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

“As the holidays approach, we all aspire to be with our families with one person, but with the continued increase in cases, I urge you to refrain from traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday,” he wrote. . “For my family, this means canceling our traditional reunion of our extended family.”

He added that employees who travel out of state should be quarantined for 14 days, and employees who cannot work from home should use their paid leave for the leave.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said on Tuesday that one in 41 Coloradan is currently infected with COVID-19, the highest level since the start of the pandemic. There have been 33,971 total cases of coronavirus in Denver and 494 deaths.

Hancock becomes the latest public servant to face the public reaction to a “do what I say, not what I do” mentality to the virus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sparked an uproar earlier this week when he revealed he was planning to spend Thanksgiving with his 89-year-old mother, after warning New Yorkers not to hold their normal gatherings of Thanksgiving because the virus easily spreads indoors. He later reversed the course, canceling his vacation plans.