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Mayor Turner said at a press conference on Friday that he would not allocate any resources to enforce quotes if a bar or restaurant failed to meet the 25% capacity requirement. As I said, we will go there, we will make sure we have conversations with business owners to try to provide a safe environment for these establishments, but that is our only goal – education and information, “Houston Fire Department Chief Says Samuel Peña.
The mayor mentioned two incidents in which the city attempted to enforce the governor’s order, but was prosecuted in both cases. Turner said that in these cases, the city had received no backup from the governor or the state.
“Once we see that the state is willing to enforce its own order, we will then apply that order,” said Turner. “But, what we don’t want to do, we don’t want the city of Houston to be caught in between. “
He said the police will monitor restaurants and bars and provide them with information about social displacement, but will not issue a citation.
“The state must assure us that this is an order they really want to uphold, because otherwise it puts the city in a vulnerable position,” said Turner.
The mayor also asked customers to be aware of social distancing rules and to wear masks. He said if you go to an overcrowded facility and people don’t wear a mask, then go.
“If you see an establishment that is breaking the order, please contact and contact someone. We will follow up, ”said Turner.
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