Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner responds to Thanksgiving weekend curfew orders in Texas

Mayor Sylvester Turner will provide more information on the rental assistance program for Houstonians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Sylvester Turner will provide more information on the rental assistance program for Houstonians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has issued a statement following the curfews issued in Bexar County and in San Antonio.

“I don’t rule out anything,” his statement to media reads. “Our behavior, the spread of this virus, and the impact on the health care delivery system will ultimately dictate our response.”

His comments come after Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg imposed a curfew, beginning from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Thursday, Nov. 26, and extending through Monday, Nov. 30. The efforts are due to fears that the Thanksgiving weekend will end in a huge spike of COVID-19 cases, KSAT reported.

Mayor Turner says the number of hospitalizations have increased by 111 percent.

“If it gets to the point and talking with Dr. Persse and other healthcare professionals, if they say to me Mayor we just have to go to utilize some steps, then I’m going to listen,” he said.

KPRC asked Dr. Joseph Varon at United Memorial Medical Center about the possibility of a curfew.

“Unfortunately, I truly think the cow is out of the barn that means it’s a little too late. At this present time, my primary concern is all the contacts that occurred yesterday during Thanksgiving and everything that happened today during Black Friday where everyone is out there shopping,” Dr. Varon said.


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