US surgeon general is slapped with a coronavirus citation in Hawaii – where he was sent to help with the COVID-19 outbreak – after being caught taking photos at a closed Honolulu park
- Surgeon General Jerome Adams was hit with a citation in Honolulu in August
- The nation’s top public health spokesperson had been sent to the island to assist state leaders with the coronavirus pandemic
- Adams received a ticket for taking photos at Kualoa Regional Park in Oahu, which had been closed under a COVID-19 health order
- He told police he did not know the park was shut at the time, according to Axios
The US surgeon general is reportedly due to appear in a Hawaii court later this month after he was hit with a coronavirus citation during his trip to the island earlier this summer.
The nation’s top public health spokesperson, Jerome Adams, has been accused of violating health and safety restrictions in Honolulu, where he was sent in August to assist state officials with their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Adams, 46, was issued a ticket on August 23 after he and two others were caught taking photos at a closed park in the island of Oahu, Axios reported on Tuesday.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams (pictured in Washington on September 9) was issued a citation by Hawaiian authorities on August 23 after he and two others were caught taking photos at a closed park in Oahu
Adams, 46, the nation’s top public health spokesperson, traveled to Hawaii in August to assist state officials with their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. He is pictured above with a local healthcare worker
According to the citation, Adams had been taking in the scenic views at Kualoa Regional Park where he had temporarily removed his mask.
‘They moved to the center of the park to take more pictures. Adams put his mask on as he walked back toward their vehicle,’ the responding officer wrote, according to Axios.
Adams, an anesthesiologist and vice admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, told authorities he had been visiting Hawaii to work with Governor David Ige and did not know the grounds were off limits.
‘Adams stated he did not know the parks were closed and could not be there,’ the document said.
According to the citation, Adams had been taking in the scenic views at Kualoa Regional Park (pictured) which had been closed under COVID-19 restrictions
Adams (far right) is pictured during a coronavirus press briefing at the White House at the beginning of the pandemic on February 29
His case remains active and he is due to appear in court on October 21, according to the news outlet.
Adams could potentially face a $5,000 fine or jail time for the misdemeanor citation.
An OSG spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
Adams had shared photos on social media of his time in Hawaii where he visited healthcare workers in hospitals.
He also appeared alongside Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, two days after he was cited, to announce a new emergency order to shut businesses for two weeks amid a spike in cases.
Mayor Caldwell was forced to roll back re-opening efforts in late August after Oahu became the state’s coronavirus hotspot.
As of Monday, there were 12,854 cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii, and 157 deaths.