COVID-19 Accountability Wall
Mayor Turner Encourages Businesses to Hold Each Other Accountable for Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Public Can Report Violations to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
On Friday, June 26, Gov. Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action to Contain Spread Of COVID-19. The decision was made as a result of the rising number of people testing positive for the virus and increasing hospitalizations.
All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages were required to close by noon on Friday, June 26. Restaurants could remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50 percent total of listed indoor occupancy.
During the current public health crisis, it is important that all businesses stay accountable to prevent the spread of the virus.
After receiving multiple complaints, the Houston Fire Marshal visited the three bars over the weekend and referred each to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The TABC is responsible for issuing alcohol permits.
On Monday, June 30, Mayor Sylvester Turner named three local establishments to the Wall of Accountability. They are Spire Night Club, Pour Behavior, and Prospect Park.
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The TABC suspended alcohol permits for Prospect Park and six other Texas bars for 30 days after they refused to comply with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott requiring that bars cease operations to limit the spread of COVID-19. You can read the news release here.
Texans can report a potential violation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 888-THE-TABC, or using the free TABC:Mobile app for Apple and Android devices. To view TABC's guidance for the alcoholic beverage industry, visit www.tabc.texas.gov/coronavirus.
During a news conference Monday, Mayor Turner also thanked other Houston businesses for following the state mandate and doing their part to help blunt progression of the coronavirus.