Turner says city won’t enforce 25% capacity limit on businesses due to lack of support from state

Mayor Sylvester Turner gives an update on May 7, 2020.
Mayor Sylvester Turner gives an update on May 7, 2020. (KPRC 2)

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner addressed how the city will go about handling businesses who violate the governor’s orders ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

Turner said the city has been hit with two lawsuits from handing out citations to businesses who were not following Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders to reopen under a certain capacity limit.

He said if the governor’s office would help enforce the orders by having Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission take away permits to serve from violating businesses, that will help protect the city. He said without the governor’s support, it puts the city in the vulnerable position of being sued.

Houston Fire Department Cheif Samuel Peña said the department will still respond to complaints. Peña said the department will monitor and provide information to businesses violating the orders. Turner asked the public to walk away from environments that are violating the orders.

COVID-19 case count as of Friday

Turner said the Houston Health Department is reporting 154 positive cases and an additional death. He said the patient was a Hispanic male in his 80s with underlying health conditions.

Turner also wanted to recognize the efforts of the employees at Houston Public Works.

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