Surgeon General Jerome Adams was cited for a coronavirus violation during a visit to Hawaii in August.
“Observed ADAMS in Kualoa Regional Park with two other males standing, looking at the view taking pictures,” said the Aug. 23 citation reported by Axios on Tuesday. “They moved to the center of the park to take more pictures. ADAMS put his mask on as he walked back toward their vehicle.”
“ADAMS stated he is visiting here to work with the governor for COVID. ADAMS stated he did not know the parks were closed and could not be there,” the officer who wrote the citation added.
A spokesperson with the Office of the Surgeon General declined to comment when contacted by the Washington Examiner on Tuesday afternoon.
Adams was in Hawaii at the time to join Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige to announce new coronavirus restrictions, which included the closure of parks and certain businesses on Aug. 25.
According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, the Honolulu police have handed out some 44,000 citations in the last month alone and arrested 65 people for violations. The news outlet reported that some of the citations included write-ups for parents walking around with their own children, people exercising in closed parks, and homeless people who live outside. Hundreds of the violations have been tossed out.
Adams’s citation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. His case is reportedly still active on the court website and has an Oct. 21 court date.
Hawaii has had about 13,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and at least 156 deaths since the pandemic first began.
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