Turner says some events can resume in Houston while parades, festivals cannot

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the city’s plan to restart live special events in Houston on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Turner said the Houston Health Department and the Mayor’s Office of Special events partnered together to formulate health and safety protocols for live special events. He said live events with controlled venues will now be able to have a small audience at 25% capacity.

Turner said as part of the protocol, guests must continue to wear masks while attending the event and screened for any signs or exposure of COVID-19.

He said uncontrolled spaces and venues will not be approved for the rest of the year. Here are the following examples of uncontrolled spaces or venues:

  • Parades
  • Fun runs
  • Walks
  • Biking events
  • Festivals

Turner said there is good news as the city’s positivity rate is moving in the right direction. As of Wednesday, Houston’s positivity rate is at 6.6%, which is close to the mayor’s 5% goal. He said the city will reach its goal as long as residents continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene and wear their masks.

All live events requested in Houston will be closely monitored with strict guidelines prior to being approved, according to the mayor’s office.

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