HOUSTON – Social media reacted this weekend after a video showing a packed billiard party in Houston.
A large number of people who did not seem to maintain social distance or wear masks were seen in the video at Clé Houston, a club in Midtown.
Memorial Day weekend represented the first time since mid-March that bars and clubs in Texas were allowed to reopen after mandatory termination of COVID-19.
With many people experiencing cabin fever, and ready to enjoy an unofficial summer start, some clubs and bars exceed 25% capacity, which is the health guidelines set by the state. Restaurants, however, are permitted to operate at 50% capacity.
Since Friday, the Houston Fire Department has responded to more than 300 business complaints that violated the governor’s executive order, according to Chief Samuel Peña.
Since 5/22, @HoustonFire has handled ~ 300 complaints of violations against E.O. Governor
GA23 allows the bar to open @ 25% capacity. We will work with businesses to obey Government orders, but acceptance beyond agreed capacity will cause the event to be terminated until conditions are corrected https://t.co/LPtAXxLj11
– Chief Samuel Peña (@FireChiefofHFD) May 24, 2020
Some are concerned about overpopulated companies in Houston, including Mayor Sylvester Turner.
He announced Sunday that the city would begin to enforce capacity mandates for business and to quote or temporarily close businesses if they refused to comply. This is a reversal from its earlier stance to enable countries to hold business to account.
“There are too many people who come together to some of our clubs, our bars, pool parties, no social distance, no masks,” Turner said at a press conference on Sunday. “You forced us to go in for public health reasons to say no, we will not allow that.”
Business owners and communities must work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following health standards, Turner said.
“In the absence of a vaccine, we must learn how to coexist with this virus for now,” Turner wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Here are some reactions from social media:
Why are you worried about those who went to Houston😂
– swampy. (@iLLNeverChange_) May 24, 2020
Houston and Atlanta have RONAoff … try to see who is the wildest. This is a series now
– OohLaTourIt (@OohLaTourIt) May 24, 2020
Atlanta & Houston are fully open. I mean clubbing & all. I will never understand.
– Kaye. (@_LoveKaye) May 24, 2020
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