Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday decided not following in Harris County’s footsteps of closing the parks over the Easter weekend, asking city residents to only abide by the rules of social distancing, the day after and after 615 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. His stance on Thursday was different.
The mayor did not take long to change his decision, on Thursday in a press conference announced the closure of 380 municipal parks from Thursday afternoon.
The closing will remain until Monday to avoid large group gatherings in parks over the Easter weekend.
Turner twisted his arm after being presented troubling figures in the COVID-19 positive case count in Houston.
The city reported 615 new cases of test results taken during the month of March and in the first days of April. With the new cases, Houston now adds 1,995 cases until Thursday afternoon. 14 deaths have been reported.
The mayor during his conference dedicated a moment of silence due to the pandemic and asked people to attend mass services at home and celebrate at home.