Houston News : Will Houston enforce a curfew soon?

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Don’t rule out a curfew due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday. Turner’s remarks came after San Antonio officials decided to issue a 10 p.m. curfew in their city for the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“I don’t rule out anything. Our behavior, the spread of this virus, and the impact on the healthcare delivery system will ultimately dictate our response,” Turner told reporters in a press conference Thursday, according to KTRK’s Courtney Fischer.

When asked about the possibility of a curfew, Turner said he would make every effort possible to keep the city’s COVID-19 cases down.

“I’m watching the numbers very carefully. Yesterday, in terms of hospitalizations, we hit 900, and that was increasing,” Turner said. “So, a lot of what we decide to do would depend on people’s behavior, the communities, the extent of the community spread, and the status of our hospital health care delivery system.”

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Turner also stressed that he’s asking Houston bars and restaurants to help limit the number of customers they serve.

“I’m asking bars and clubs operating as restaurants pursuant to the Governor’s permission and other businesses to limit your numbers to avoid crowded spaces and encourage patrons to MASKUP when not eating,” Turner tweeted.

I am asking bars and clubs operating as restaurants pursuant to the Governor’s permission and other businesses to limit your numbers to avoid crowded spaces and encourage patrons to MASKUP when not eating. st

— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 25, 2020

Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, officials in the San Antonio area issued a curfew to remain in effect through Thanksgiving weekend, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. From Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, residents in Bexar Country, where the city of San Antonio is located, were banned from gathering outside their households between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

“Residents may not gather outside their household during these hours, with the exception of seek services from a business.  Violations of the curfew are punishable up to a $1,000 fine,” Bexar County officials stated.

City of San Antonio and Bexar County impose Thanksgiving weekend curfew to help curb the spread of #COVID19. https://t.co/zLruZwiDZq pic.twitter.com/f3ldgoxlST

— City of San Antonio🧼+?‘?=?’? (@COSAGOV) November 26, 2020

After the recent escalation in the COVID-19 positivity rate and new cases across Houston’s Texas Medical Center, Mayor Turner has urged increased vigilance when celebrating the holidays, and he underscored that message on CNN’s The Situation Room on Wednesday.

“We’re asking people not to congregate in large numbers. Thanksgiving for me will be very, very small. But we know that this vaccine is right around the corner,” Turner told CNN’s Jim Acosta.





in Houston

Source : chron.com