Denver’s mayor is explaining himself and offering an apology after he traveled to Mississippi for Thanksgiving, though he had urged others to stay home if possible because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Michael Hancock said he made the decision to head out of town because his wife and daughter are in Mississippi, where his daughter recently took a job.
“As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver,” he said Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the mayor tweeted public health guidance surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday that urged people to avoid travel if possible — a request the Democratic mayor acknowledged when explaining his own travel.
Hancock’s travel was reported earlier Wednesday by NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver.
The mayor’s trip comes as officials in Colorado have warned about a steep