‘Bring your crowd size down’: Turner asks bars, clubs to reduce number of patrons as coronavirus cases continue to rise

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday asked bars and clubs-turned-restaurants to reduce their crowd size as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the city.

“Bring your crowd size down,” Turner said.

If cases continue to rise at a rapid rate, Turner said he would consider the idea of implementing a curfew in Houston. He said hospital numbers continue to tick up, although not as fast as they did over the summer.

“I’m making this plea again to you,” the mayor said. “I don’t want anybody to say that, to the extent, for example, I elect to put in a curfew in the evening, that I didn’t ask people over, and over, and over again to be mindful of the ramifications of the community spread of this virus.”

As of Thursday, Turner said the Houston Health Department reported 1,137 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the city’s total to 99,396. Three additional deaths were also reported, bringing the city’s total to 1,444.

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Turner asked people to keep their masks on, keep their distance from others and avoid large crowds. He said the city has yet to experience the effects of Thanksgiving travel, which are expected to be seen sometime this weekend or next weekend. He said asked anyone who traveled or attended large gatherings to get tested and quarantine themselves.

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