HOUSTON – Social media reacts this weekend after videos show a crowded pool party in Houston.
Large numbers of people who did not appear to be socially distanced or wearing masks were seen in videos at Key Houston, a club in Midtown.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the first time since mid-March that Texas bars and clubs have been allowed to reopen after mandatory closings of COVID-19.
With many people suffering from cabin fever and ready to take advantage of the unofficial start of summer, some clubs and bars have exceeded capacity by 25%, which is a state health guideline. However, restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity.
Since Friday, the Houston Fire Department has responded to more than 300 complaints from businesses violating the governor’s decree, according to Chief Samuel Peña.
Since 05/22, @HoustonFire sent approximately 300 violation complaints to E.O.
GA23 allows the opening of bars @ 25% capacity. We will work with companies to comply with government order, but admission beyond approved capacity will halt events until the condition is corrected https://t.co/LPtAXxLj11
– Chef Samuel Peña (@FireChiefofHFD) May 24, 2020
Some are concerned about the crowded establishments in Houston, including Mayor Sylvester Turner.
He announced on Sunday that the city would start applying capacity mandates for businesses and would temporarily cite or close businesses if they refuse to comply. It is a reversal of its previous position to allow the state to hold companies accountable.
“There are too many people coming together in some of our clubs, bars, pool parties, no social distancing, no masks,” said Turner at a press conference on Sunday. “You are forcing us to intervene for public health reasons to say no, we are not going to allow that. “
Business owners and the public must work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following health standards, said Turner.
“In the absence of a vaccine, we have to learn to coexist with this virus for now,” Turner wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Here’s part of the reaction from social media:
Why do you worry about these people going to Houston?
– swampy. (@iLLNeverChange_) May 24, 2020
Houston and Atlanta have a RONAoff … trying to see who can be the craziest. It’s a tie right now
– OohLaTourIt (@OohLaTourIt) May 24, 2020
Atlanta and Houston are fully open. I mean clubbing & all. I will never understand.
– Kaye. (@_LoveKaye) May 24, 2020
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