Footage shared on Twitter on Monday shows Jack Ducey, 25, attending a large gathering where dozens of guests were seen drinking and dancing with no masks nor social distancing in sight.
The event appeared to be a birthday celebration for one of Jack’s clients from his record label Crescent Room Music that began at earlier in the night with a group dinner at Benihana.
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey *pictured with his wife and three sons) has been slammed after video emerged of his son Jack (far left) attending a party amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state
Clip was posted on his Instagram account around the time Governor Doug Ducey urged Arizona residents to stay home and limit the spread of infection
Footage shared on Twitter on Monday shows Ducey, 25, attending a large gathering where dozens of guests were seen drinking and dancing with no masks nor social distancing in sight
The video began with a group dinner at Benihana in celebration of one of Jack’s clients
The video showed the friends dining indoors before cutting to a clip of a crowded party where guests were seen shoulder to shoulder, dancing to music, and disregarding social distancing restrictions.
‘Solid birthday to say the least,’ the caption read.
The clip had been posted on Jack’s Instagram – which has now been made private – on December 30, around the same time his father had urged Arizona residents to limit the spread of infection and stay home during the holidays.
It has since been making its way around social media after Twitter watchdog ‘AccountableInAZ’ shared the post criticizing Governor Ducey’s for failing to lead by example.
‘If [Doug Ducey’s] own adult son isn’t following Ducey’s soft advice how can Ducey expect Arizonans to? We need mitigation measures with enforcement now,’ the tweet said.
A graph tracking the number of daily infections in the state shows COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in the last few weeks
New data shows the state also has the highest rate of COVID-19 transmission in the world, with 238 new cases per 100,000 people reported on Sunday
Arizona now has the highest rate of transmission in the country, surpassing California, the current epicenter
‘You can’t even convince your own son to respect the virus. He’s just following your lead by attending maskless super spreader events,’ the group said in a follow-up tweet.
The post included photos of Governor Ducey neglecting to wear a mask at recent political events.
In a statement to the Arizona Republic regarding the controversial video, Jack admitted to making a ‘mistake’, but noted that he and his father have different professions.
Jack has worked as a client manager at the Phoenix-based label since August 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The video comes amid mounting criticism of his Republican governor father, who has been slammed for failing to implement stricter COVID-19 restrictions as cases continue to soar across the state.
The governor himself has also been criticized for neglecting to wear a mask at recent political events (pictured)
Governor Ducey has urged residents to make ‘responsible choices’ amid the pandemic but has refused to impose statewide lockdown restrictions or mandatory mask mandates
A heat map provided by the CDC shows Arizona’s rate of positivity has surpassed 15 per cent
Over the last few weeks, Ducey has repeatedly advised residents to take personal responsibility in the fight against the outbreak by urging them to wear a mask and practice social distancing, but has so far declined to impose more drastic measures such as a statewide lockdown order.
Arizona now has the highest rate of transmission in the country, surpassing California, the current epicenter of the virus, according to data released by the CDC on Monday.
The state has also recorded the highest seven-day average of infections per capita in the world, with 121.8 new cases per 100,000 people in that last week, according to COVID-19 tracking site 91-divoc.com.
On Sunday, it reported 236 new cases per 100,000 people.
There are currently more than 561,000 COVID-19 cases in the state with 9,064 deaths, the latest figures from the state health department show.
Of those cases, seven per cent – or 39,987 – are being treated in hospital.
About 18,943 new cases were reported on Friday and Saturday, a record for the state in any two-day period.
Across the United States, 13.6 per cent of tests came back positive for the virus, up from 10.3 per cent the prior week, according to data from the volunteer-run COVID Tracking Project.
December was the deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States with nearly 78,000 deaths, and health officials warned that even more people will likely die in January despite the rollout of vaccines.