Surgeon General Jerome Adams reportedly received an August citation for violating a coronavirus policy while in Hawaii, Axios reported, adding to the list of government officials seen not following the rules as there is increasing scrutiny as the outbreak at the White House continues to grow.
The police officer who wrote the citation dated Aug. 23 said Adams and two other people were taking pictures in Kualoa Regional Park even though it was closed.
The citation also noted that Adams put his mask back on as he walked back to the car.
Adams said he did not know the park was closed and that he couldn’t be there, according to the citation obtained by Axios.
Adams joined Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell two days later when the mayor announced an emergency order requiring many businesses to close because of an increase in coronavirus cases and said parks, beaches and trails would remain closed, according to the local publication Honolulu Civil Beat.
There have been tens of thousands of similar misdemeanor coronavirus citations punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine but, according to Honolulu Civil Beat, hundreds have been dismissed.
Adams’ case is listed as active on the court website and his court date is scheduled for Oct. 21.