On Saturday a pool party went viral, after it was labeled on social media a "Corona Party." The party, which was held at Houston's CLE nightclub is rumored to have allowed partygoers free admission, if they did NOT wear a protective mask.
And by the looks of the photo and videos on social media, many of the partygoers took them up on their offer.
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, MTO News has learned.
And a large number of people seen in videos at Clé Houston, a club in Midtown, were not social distancing or wearing masks.
Under the State of Texas new reopening guidelines, clubs and bars can not exceed 25% capacity. Restaurants, however, are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. It's not clear whether the Houston club met or exceeded the lowered guidelines.
Here are some videos of the party:
Houston's Mayor Turner had decided to enforce the 25 percent capacity rule at area establishments, starting Sunday night.
"A photo was sent to me and there are others on social media of crowds (in) clubs/bars ignoring the 25% occupancy requirement, no social distancing, and no masks," Turner tweeted Sunday. "I want to move forward but this will set us back. Starting tonight the Fire Marshall can enforce."
The 25 percent capacity rule was issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as the state reopens businesses that had been shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.
"If you take their liquor permit, they will get the message really soon," Turner said