HOUSTON – Social media is reacting this weekend after videos show a jammed packed pool party in Houston.
A large number of people who didn’t appear to be social distancing or wearing masks were seen in videos at Clé Houston, a club in Midtown.
Memorial Day weekend represents the first time since mid-March that bars and clubs in Texas were allowed to reopen after mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns.
Houston for sure don’t care about social distancing lmaooo pic.twitter.com/PHmH3rfP4W— Rickale 💋 (@RickaleIndia) May 24, 2020
With many people experiencing cabin fever, and ready to enjoy the unofficial start of summer, some clubs and bars exceeded the 25% capacity, which is a health guideline set by the state. Restaurants, however, are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
Since Friday, the Houston Fire Department has responded to more than 300 complaints of businesses violating the governor’s executive order, according to Chief Samuel Peña.
Since 5/22, @HoustonFire has addressed ~300 complaint of violation to Governor’s E.O.— Chief Samuel Peña (@FireChiefofHFD) May 24, 2020
GA23 allows bars to open @25% capacity. We’ll work w/businesses in adhering to Gov’s order, but admittance beyond approved capacity will cause events to be stopped until condition is corrected https://t.co/LPtAXxLj11
Some are concerned by the overpopulated establishments in Houston, including Mayor Sylvester Turner.