Parents at the exclusive private school that Texan Senator Ted Cruz’s children attend have demanded quarantine of his family upon their return to the United States after being photographed without a face mask on a controversial vacation in Mexico.
Mr Cruz traveled with his wife and two daughters to Cancun, Mexico on Thursday as millions of Texans were left without power and clean water, amid a historic winter storm that caused freezing of pipelines in the state.
After being photographed flying on Thursday, the senator insisted he was traveling only with his family and still intended to return the next day to support the millions of Texas residents affected by the storm.
He later admitted that the trip “was clearly a mistake and in hindsight I would not have made it”.
However, Mr Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz, 48, and children Catherine and Caroline stayed in Cancun, at a resort in the Ritz Carlton costing around $ 300 (£ 214) a night.
In stark contrast to freezing temperatures in Texas on Friday, Ms Cruz was pictured in images obtained by the Daily mail wearing a bikini on the beach, as the family went without a face mask as they lounged on lounge chairs in the Mexican sun.
Although guests at Cancun resorts do have their temperature checked upon arrival, they are not required to wear a face mask on hotel grounds except when using the buffet.
In response to the party, parents at the elite St John’s Private School in Houston, which Catherine and Caroline attend, asked the family to self-isolate after they returned to the United States.
Although the school introduced a policy last month that required all children to be quarantined at school for 7-10 days after international travel, parents have always said the rules must be enforced for the family. of the senator.
“At the end of the day, he takes this heat to use his kids as an excuse to take a vacation. And that’s a mistake, ”school parent of three Lara Hollingsworth told Politico.
“From a parent’s perspective, all I’m asking is that the school follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and I have to say I have no reason to believe that they won’t, ”she added.
Ms Hollingsworth said many parents at the school believe Mr Cruz displayed “hypocritical behavior” when going on the trip, as they discussed the quarantine decision and policy on Friday.
Another mother, Victoria Konar, said she didn’t feel ‘bad’ for him, adding: ‘You start with the fact that there are people ticked off by those who think they are the VIPs of this school who don’t. not want to be bothered to follow the rules because it undermines their social life. “
While an anonymous third parent told Politico: “It’s annoying to see this politician come out of the country like this and there are concerns that he will endanger the school if he tries to run away.”
They added, “There are just a lot of people who are very angry with Ted Cruz, like most people in the United States.”
After the debate over Mr. Cruz’s family turned heated on Friday night, administrators on the school’s parents Facebook page turned off comments on the January post announcing the quarantine policy.
A spokesperson for Mr Cruz told Politico that “the senator’s daughters plan to follow St John’s politics” upon their return to the United States.
About 13 million Texans still struggle to access clean drinking water due to the cold, as President Joe Biden prepares to declare a major disaster for the state, paving the way for more federal funds to be spent on help residents.
Nearly 60 deaths have been attributed to weather conditions in nine US states, as cold conditions are expected to continue over the weekend.
Since the start of the pandemic, Texas has recorded more than 2.59 million cases of coronavirus and at least 42,000 deaths, while Mexico has recorded 2.03 million positive Covid-19 tests and 179,000 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 28 million people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States. The death toll reached 495,816.
The independent contacted Mr. Cruz’s office for comment.
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