Bellaire, West University and Houston restaurants have been ordered to close their doors to patrons for at least 15 days — open only for takeout or delivery orders — as part of a sweeping order Monday covering all of Harris County, which is also closing all bars and clubs starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday (March 17).
Violators could receive fines of up to $2,000.
While Bellaire and West U do have some chain eateries, most are smaller, independent restaurants, attracted by the communities’ appealing demographics.
This website will publish those offering takeout/curbside or delivery options in order to support local businesses and their employees, as soon as they become available.
Calling this a “pivotal point” in the coronavirus pandemic, County Judge Lina Hidalgo said, “…the decisions all of us make — including healthy residents — will affect whether someone lives or dies.”
The county’s decision, which included officials from the city of Houston, and health, medical and business communities from throughout the county, came following the federal Centers for Disease Control reducing from 50 to 10 its advisory of the maximum size for gatherings.
Hidalgo reported that eight people in Harris County are confirmed or presumed to be infected with the virus, and as many as 30 people throughout the Houston area testing positive or diagnosed.