Austin mayor told residents to stay home while on vacation


Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler apologized for telling residents to stay home in the coronavirus pandemic in a video recorded as he was on vacation in Mexico. Screengrab from Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Facebook.

The mayor of Austin, Texas, told residents to stay home while he was vacationing in Mexico, reports say.

Mayor Steve Adler asked people to “stay home if you can” because coronavirus cases were increasing at the time he recorded the Facebook video in November. He warned the city could be forced to “close things down if we’re not careful.”

“We need to stay home if you can,” Adler said. “Do everything we can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”

But Adler was vacationing at a family timeshare in Cabo San Lucas at the time of the video, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday. He’d flown there on a

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