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Video of packed pool party at Houston club draws criticism

"You are forcing us to step in for public health reasons to say no, we're not going to allow that," the mayor said of businesses not following rules.
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A Houston club is under fire after video of busy pool parties it hosted surfaced over Memorial Day weekend despite state social distancing guidelines.

Video of a pool party Saturday at Clé Houston, a club in the city's Midtown, shows a crowded outdoor gathering with no masks in sight.

Bars and clubs were allowed to reopen in Texas after COVID-19 lockdowns were relaxed but only at 25 percent capacity. It was not clear what percentage of capacity Clé Houston had reached during the pool parties. The club could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said on Twitter that his department has responded to about 300 complaints of violations of the governor's reopening orders over Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Houston will close businesses that do not follow state guidelines.

"There are too many people that are coming together to some of our clubs, our bars, swimming pool parties, no social distancing, no masks," Turner said at a news conference Sunday, NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston reported. "You are forcing us to step in for public health reasons to say no, we're not going to allow that."

Video of another pool party, at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, sparked outrage after it showed attendees reported in the hundreds appearing to ignore social distancing guidelines.