Just last week it was announced that phase 2 of Texas' reopening plan would go into effect on May 22, 2020. This included the reopening of bars across the state, as long as they stayed at 25% capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler took to Twitter as the weekend wrapped up to share videos of the "packed" parties at crowded bars that visibly are over the capacity limit. He urged Austinites to continue practicing social distancing and to keep wearing masks.
The first weekend of Austin bars being legally reopened was eventful for a lot of places. Mayor Adler shared clips that were sent to him in a compiled video to spread his message that locals should be practicing safe social distancing methods.
"These two videos are from Buford’s on 6th & Plaza De Toros R3. Heard these weren't the only two packed places," Adler captioned his tweet.
In the video, not everyone is wearing protective face coverings, and many customers are within 6 feet of each other as they drink, dance, and socialize.
These two videos are from Buford’s on 6th & Plaza De Toros R3. Heard these weren't the only two packed places. Ple… https://t.co/hxtxDkbLi8— Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask. (@Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask.)1590357327.0
The mayor urged locals to "please remain six feet distance and wear a face covering to give the Governor's reopening of the economy the best chance to succeed - and last."
He followed up his initial video with another showing more people out at local bars. Although the City extended its "Stay Home – Work Safe" order until the end of May, Governor Abbott has allowed bars to reopen at a limited capacity across the state.
https://t.co/SVEvdYd8tV— Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask. (@Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask.)1590357341.0
The videos that the mayor shared on his Twitter show various different scenes of bar customers engaging in typical bar antics.
The 25% capacity rule still stands until further notice by the state government.
Our actions have real impacts for our neighbors and ourselves. The best chance we have to remain on a path towards… https://t.co/LgrZyPyxZb— Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask. (@Mayor Adler | 😷wear a mask.)1590243003.0
Adler is not new to Twitter PSAs, having spread his message on staying safe nearly every day since the start of the pandemic.
"Our actions have real impacts for our neighbors and ourselves," he said on May 23. "The best chance we have to remain on a path towards opening is to continue to follow health guidance."