Despite urgent pleas for Denver residents to stay home this Thanksgiving, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock flew to Houston this morning to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter, 9News reports.

News of Hancock’s travels comes days after the Mayor’s COVID-19 public health update, in which he told constituents “for the next few weeks, we need everyone to stay home.”

Minutes before boarding, Hancock tweeted recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the holidays.

In his tweet he asked residents to “avoid travel” and to “stay home and stay in touch with friends/family by phone or online.”  

In Friday’s public health update, Hancock said, “I’m asking, I’m urging, I’m pleading with everyone. Please stay home. Please only go out for essential services.” 

A spokesperson for the Mayor confirmed Hancock’s travel plans, telling 9News that he is, “travelling 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.”

Although his travel plans contradict the city’s level red restrictions and guidelines, the Mayor’s spokesperson said that the Mayor will follow all necessary health and safety guidelines and adhere to a mandatory 14 day quarantine following his return.