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Austin Mayor Tells Residents to ‘Stay Home’ While He is in Mexico to Celebrate a Wedding

The Grind:
Austin Mayor Steve Adler called upon residents of the Texas capital to “stay home if you can” while he was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, the Statesman reports.

Adler made the comments from a timeshare where he was celebrating the wedding of his daughter. The wedding, which took place in November, hosted 20 guests. After the wedding ceremony, he boarded a private jet along with his guests to vacation in Mexico.

The Details:
In a Facebook video released from his vacation spot, Adler told the residents of Austin that they “need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely… We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”

While Adler did not technically break coronavirus-related restrictions, his own government was recommending to the citizens of Austin that they not gather in groups of more than ten people at once. “It’s important that we drive the [coronavirus] numbers down in advance of Thanksgiving,” he said at the time.

Adler told the Statesman that he and his family spent hours considering how to make the wedding and subsequent vacation as safe as possible. Read more…

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