Bars, bowling allys, and bingo halls are allowed to reopen Friday at 25 percent capacity, according to phase two of Gov.’s plan. Greg Abbott.
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At a news conference on Friday, Mayor Turner said he would not have had the resources to implement the citations should a bar or restaurant be caught without complying with 25 percent management capacity.
“Like I said, we̵7;re going to go out there, we’re going to make sure we’re talking to business owners to try to provide a safe environment for establishments, but that’s all we’re focusing on – education and information,” Houston Chief Department Chief Samuel Peña said.
The mayor cited two incidents in which the city tried to enforce the governor’s order, but was charged in both cases. Turner said in those instances, the city did not receive a backup from the governor or state.
“When we see that the state is ready to enforce its own order, then we will enforce the order,” Turner said. “But, what we didn’t want to do, we didn’t want the city of Houston to get caught in between.”
He added that police would monitor restaurants and bars and provide them with information on social travel, but they would not issue a citation.
“The state must give us the assurance that this is a mandate they really want to enforce, because otherwise it puts the city in a vulnerable position,” Turner said.
The mayor also demanded that customers be aware of social media guidelines, and wear masks. He said if you go to an establishment that is too crowded and people don’t wear masks, you leave.
“If you find an establishment that violates the order, please reach out and contact someone. We will follow up,” Turner said.
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