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The son of Arizona’s governor posted video online of maskless revelers at a birthday party — despite his father warning residents to stay home to curb the state’s raging coronavirus cases.
The clip starts at a Benihana restaurant, where Jack Ducey, the eldest son of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, is sitting at a table with other guests — all of whom appear to be without masks.
The footage then shows a packed indoor dance floor where dozens of young people are cutting it up sans face coverings.
“The kid is treating himself right,” Jack Ducey, who is in his early 20s, wrote in a caption. “Solid birthday to say the least.”
The video was shared on his now-private Instagram account on Dec. 30, after his father warned against indoor gatherings over the holiday period. The governor stopped short of imposing a statewide curfew or more aggressive measures to combat rising infections, the Arizona Republic reported.
It’s unclear exactly where the party took place or if the younger Ducey hosted the event. Ducey admitted to the newspaper he made an error, but said he’s not a politician like his father.
The footage went viral after being posted to Twitter Sunday by a group that led a failed recall effort against Doug Ducey, who has balked at imposing tougher measures to curb the deadly virus.
“If @dougducey’s own adult son isn’t following Ducey’s soft advice how can Ducey expect Arizonians to?” Accountable Arizona tweeted. “We need mitigation measures with enforcement now.”
Messages seeking comment from the governor’s office early Tuesday were not immediately returned.
Ducey announced new COVID-19 mitigation measures in early December, but said Arizonans “can protect themselves and their loved ones” by wearing masks and limiting travel.
The governor failed to implement a statewide mask mandate, as Phoenix’s mayor and the state’s head of education had sought, the Arizona Republic reported last month.
Arizona, meanwhile, tallied a record of more than 17,200 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, according to the newspaper.
CDC officials announced Monday that the state has the highest rate of infections nationwide, surpassing California and other hot spots like Tennessee and South Carolina.
At least 9,064 people have died statewide and Arizona’s positivity rate stands at 10.62%, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
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