On the first weekend that Texas governor Greg Abbott allowed bars and clubs across the state to reopen their doors, a Houston nightclub went viral thanks to its massive crowds.
The viral frenzy began on Sunday, when video of the completely packed club was posted to Twitter. In the video, there’s nary a mask in sight, and social distancing guidelines are definitely not being followed, much less Abbott’s 25 percent occupancy limit on bars. The short video clip, which was originally posted to Instagram, has been viewed more than 600,000 times.
The pool party right now in Houston pic.twitter.com/B96FAcS3Wu— (@BeholdALady) May 23, 2020
To be sure, even though Cle was the Houston bar that got the most attention for breaking the rules this weekend, it wasn’t the only one. Houston Fire Department chief Samuel Pena said on Sunday that the HFD fielded about 300 complaints of businesses violating the order over the weekend.
“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,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted. “I want us to move forward but this will set us back.”