The Mayor of Denver is sorry that Thanksgiving interstate trips took place despite his own advice


  • The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving, despite asking people to avoid the trip to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Mayor Michael Hancock flew the same day when he encouraged “virtual gatherings instead of personal dinners,” and said, “Avoid travel if you can.”
  • He later said, “I apologize to the residents of Denver who consider that my decision is contrary to the guidance to stay home except for basic travel.”
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The mayor of Denver apologized for traveling to Mississippi for Thanksgiving after asking residents of his city to stay home for the holiday.

“I fully acknowledge that I made everyone stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel,” Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted on Wednesday.

He said he decided to travel to Mississippi with his wife and daughter on the grounds that “it would be safer for me to visit them than if two family members traveled back to Denver.”

He continued, “I acknowledge that my decision has caused many disappointments for those who think it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone.”

“As a civil servant whose behavior is being properly investigated for sending a message to others, I apologize to Denver residents who consider my decision to be contrary to the instruction to stay home except for essential travel.

“I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and frustrated, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that burden my heart and not my head.”

Hancock tweeted the same day that people should avoid traveling for Thanksgiving.

His tweet said, “Stay home as much as you can, especially if you’re sick,” “You can have virtual gatherings instead of personal dinners,” and “Avoid travel if you can.”

A Hancock spokesman told The Denver Channel that “returning will comply with all necessary health and safety instructions and quarantine.”

He also reported that Hancock said at a news conference on Nov. 20 that people should avoid meeting family members at Thanksgiving, and hinted that he would do the same.

“So please, I encourage everyone to: Maybe get a little turkey this year and just celebrate with the host you live with,” he said.

“And after the meal, as we’re going to do, zoom in with your extended family – all your friends, everyone you meet and tell them that I can’t wait to see them really soon and that maybe next year, maybe next year we can be together again . “

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Thursday recommended that Americans not travel for Thanksgiving. Millions of Americans traveled anyway.

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