Since then, official special events - both in the convention and sporting realms - have been called off over fears of the virus' spread.
On Wednesday, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a steady return to these types of gatherings, requiring these major events to be staged under strict guidelines.
According to the mayor, the city will start with a small audience, allowing up to 25% of a venue's normal occupancy. Everyone is required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Attendees are also subject to a temperature check and a COVID-19 questionnaire.
We all have a part to play. As an audience member, we have a responsibility to adhere to the guidelines posted…wear masks, social distance, wash and sanitize our hands often and stay at home if we don’t feel well.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 9, 2020
Events in uncontrolled spaces, such as parades and festivals, will not be approved and likely on hold through the rest of the year. This would mean the city's Thanksgiving Day parade is out in 2020.
There are events that will be unable to successfully take place. At this time, I will not approve events in uncontrolled spaces or venues.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 9, 2020
Events such as, parades, fun runs, walks, biking events, and festivals are on hold through the rest of the year.
In announcing the reopenings, Turner offered immediate examples of upcoming events under the guidelines. The Houston Texans have a "Drive-In Tailgate Party" on Thursday that will allow up to 400 people to attend, or a maximum of four people for each of a maximum 100 vehicles allowed.
The Texans already announced that no fans will be in the stands at NRG Stadium for their first home game on Sept. 20.
In addition, Turner announced BBVA Stadium can allow up to 3,000 fans to attend Dynamo and Dash matches.
As for upcoming Texans and Astros games, Turner said those matches can have fans in the seats as long as they follow the capacity limit. As of Wednesday afternoon, neither club has announced plans to bring their followers back in their stadiums.
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Currently, Texas guidelines state limiting indoor events to 50% of an establishment's normal capacity. Places of worship are exempt.
They are all abiding by protocols set in place by CDC & Gov. @GregAbbott_TX’s office, pursuant to EO GA-28.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 9, 2020
This order gives authorization to Mayors & County Judges in our state, approval of outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, subject to certain conditions/restrictions.
The new guidelines came as the mayor delivered good news on the city's virus positivity rate. After peaking as high as 23%, Houston is hovering around 6.6%.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has hinted at allowing businesses to reopen or expand capacity, to which Turner urged caution.
Turner weighs in on county judge's call for full reopening
The mayor was also asked Wednesday about a neighboring county judge's belief that Texas must reopen 100%.
Last week, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pleaded his case to Gov. Abbott to make every aspect of Texas life available again, citing a "99% survival rate" from the virus.
But, Turner said Keough is mistaken.
"Can you imagine where we would be if we didn't do these things, take these precautions?" Turner said. "I find it irresponsible. When I heard the comments. I resisted the temptation to respond."
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