Denver Mayor Hancock flies to Mississippi for Thanksgiving, despite public health recommendations

Despite public health officials’ recommendations not to travel unnecessarily and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock himself urging residents to take extra precautions over Thanksgiving, the mayor has taken a plane to Mississippi.

Hancock spokesman Mike Strott confirmed that Hancock flew out of Denver on Wednesday morning but said the mayor doesn’t believe that move contradicts what he has been asking Denverites to do to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While Hancock typically hosts a 50-person family dinner for Thanksgiving, this year he will be spending the holiday just with his wife and youngest daughter, albeit in Mississippi, Strott said. The rest of the family will join in electronically.

“(Hancock) has told people to rethink their Thanksgiving plans. He has also said that if you do travel to follow health and safety guidelines and the mayor will still follow health and safety guidelines upon his return,” Strott said.

Wednesday morning, however, Hancock tweeted out more public health recommendations, including to avoid unnecessary travel. He is one of a growing chorus of public officials who have been spotted skirting their own recommendations for the holiday season. Many public health officials, including those in Hancock’s employ, have warned that hospitals could quickly become overcrowded if many people do not follow health recommendations.

This story will be updated.

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