AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Mayor Steve Adler said a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico he made in November for his daughter’s wedding was “a mistake.”
In a letter on Saturday, Adler apologized for the trip, he took as he urged residents to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Austin-Travis County area.
“Let me start by saying that I know my actions have let the community down this week. I shouldn’t have made the trip with my family. It was a bad choice and I apologize for it.
This trip set a bad example. Many in our community are suffering so much and cannot travel, and others who are able have chosen not to travel under similar circumstances. The fact that I took this trip and at the same time continued to urge people to be careful is puzzling. In my position, I have to send a clearer message.
At the time, I didn’t see the bigger and bigger issues because I was too focused on making Sarah’s wedding and my family’s trip up to local and state ordinances and guidelines. This focus was wrong because I missed the larger context in a very important way.
I have to hold myself to a higher standard and that does not compromise the message that we have to be careful until the vaccines are given to the community. I’m worried that my actions will lead others to behave more at risk during upper stage 4 “Orange”, which we are in now. I was wrong in part because this is exactly the result that I have worked so long to avoid.
As long as the virus is there, it is always safer to stay at home. However, we are not asking everyone to stay at home and your behavior outside the home should be guided by the color-coded hazard chart. [click here for chart].
I made a mistake and I apologize to the community. I will work to regain your trust. ”
Mayor Steve Adler
Adler has previously said he regrets attending the outdoor wedding, for which he and his family took a private plane. In a statement earlier this week, Adler said: “Looking back, while it didn’t violate any order, I set a bad example for which I apologize.”
Criticism of Adler’s trip stems from months of advice and orders for residents to resist non-essential travel. In a pre-recorded video on November 9, Adler addressed residents, saying, “Now is not the time to relax… We may have to close some doors if we’re not careful.”
This video, however, was recorded while Adler was in Cabo San Lucas.
Adler felt he made the trip during a “safer period,” during which the area was subject to Level 3 safety recommendations. Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 4.
The mayor, who has been applauded for his response to the coronavirus, has been fiercely criticized for choosing to travel throughout the week, some even asks for his resignation.
The incident even made international headlines, with BBC coverage.