Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is flying to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his daughter and wife, according to his office.
In a statement sent to CNN, Hancock’s spokesperson, Mike Strott, said that Hancock was traveling alone “to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver.”
He said that Hancock “will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine” upon his return to Denver. Strott also said that Hancock has shared previously that he was not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year.
According to the latest data provided by the city’s health department, there are 33,971 total reported cases of Covid-19 in Denver since the start of the pandemic.
Hancock isn’t the only local leader who’s not heeded their own advice.
Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom received backlash after he and his wife attended a birthday party at the French Laundry restaurant with a dozen others from several different households despite state health guidelines recommending against such gatherings amid a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Newsom apologized for his attendance, acknowledging that he should be practicing what he preaches.
“I made a bad mistake,” Newsom said. “Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up, walked back to my car and drove home.”
The governor had previously warned New Yorkers who plan on holding Thanksgiving celebrations as usual that it was dangerous given that the virus can spread in large indoor gatherings.
CNN’s Cheri Mossburg and Anna Sturla contributed to this report.