A mayor told locals that they are adhering to coronavirus guidelines and staying at home – while on vacation in Mexico.
Steve Adler, the Democratic Mayor of Austin in Texas, USA, delivered the message on Nov. 9.
He said, “Our numbers are increasing and everyone should be aware of that and we should, you know, stay home if you can.
‘Do everything you can to keep the numbers low. Now is not the time to relax. “
He later admitted to the American TV station KVUE that he was with a group of people in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for his daughter’s wedding.
However, Adler claimed that he had not broken his own rules or those of Governor Greg Abbott and had ensured the safety of his guests by taking measures such as rapid coronavirus testing.
When he recorded the video, Adler was on vacation with eight people after flying a private jet from Austin.
Two days earlier, he organized a wedding and reception at a hotel in the US for his daughter with 20 guests.
At the time, gatherings of more than 10 people were not allowed in the state, The Texas Tribune reports.
The mayor spoke to Austin’s chief health authority Dr Mark Escott and held the event outside, requiring guests to undergo a coronavirus test beforehand.
Adler said in an interview this week, “It’s not perfect. Obviously, infections can occur.
“But what we did was follow the rules.”
He also issued a statement on Wednesday December 2, part of which read, “Several weeks ago, when my daughter canceled her planned wedding to replace it with a Covid-appropriate more private ceremony and when my family traveled, we conferred with health authorities and worked hard to model the kind of behavior that I have been asking from the community.
“We were in a lower risk“ Yellow ”level than now. It is always safest to stay at home. However, we don’t ask people to never go out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible in what they do.
“My family and I are no exception and we will continue to do what I ask of our community.
“During Thanksgiving and as expected for Christmas and New Year, we all have to pay extra attention.”