The Mayor of Austin, Texas, Steve Adler shared a video of himself telling the public to “stay home” while he was on vacation in Cabo Mexico, according to Fox News.
In the video he shared on Facebook he said, “Stay home if you can … this is not the time to relax.”
He, however, did not mention in his post that he was flying on a private jet with eight other guests.
At this time Austin was under a Stage 3 advisory that recommended no more than 10 people gather together.
“It’s not perfect. Obviously, there are infections that could happen. But what we did was stay compliant with the rules.”
Dr. Esper said, “If you are going to go out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not the family or friends who don’t live in your household. And start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”
Adler said, “We were in a lower risk ‘Yellow’ level than now. It is always safest to stay home. However, we aren’t asking people never to venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible in what they do. My family and I are no exception and we’ll continue to do as I ask of our community.”
Texas Judge Bill Gravell paid a $1,000 fine last week for attending his grandson’s birthday in violation of his own coronavirus stay-at-home order.
It was reported that Gravell used city resources to attend the birthday.
Gravell wore firefighter gear and had Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputy drive him.
From Fox News:
Adler did not disclose he was at a timeshare after flying on a private jet with eight guests, including immediate and extended family.
The Mexico trip was one day after Adler hosted a wedding with 20 guests for his daughter at a boutique hotel in Austin.
At the time, Austin was under a Stage 3 advisory, recommending no more than 10 people gather. Adler said he’d consulted with Dr. Mark Escott, Austin’s top health authority, and held the wedding outdoors. He said that guests had to get a COVID-19 test prior to attending.
Several wedding attendees flew to Austin from across the U.S., including the Seattle-based photographer, according to KVUE.
The following day, eight of the wedding attendees flew to Cabo.
Though the positivity rate was below 4 percent when Adler left for his trip, the week after he returned the city raised its threat level to Stage 4, recommending against travel and gathering with people outside of your household.