Laredo Police to increase vigilance at bars and clubs

The police department is reminding the community to report any violations of COVID-19 mandates by calling 956-795-2800
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:01 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 10:42 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Local authorities are stepping up their COVID-19 code enforcement efforts.

The Laredo police chief said more officers will be assigned to visit businesses to make sure COVID-19 rules are being followed.

Slowing down the spread of COVID-19 is the goal for local leaders and in order to do that, people and businesses must do their part.

Unfortunately, the Laredo police chief Claudio Trevino says there has been an increase in businesses not following local and state COVID-19 restrictions.

He says social media posts show that people are not wearing masks and are gathering in large crowds inside nightlife businesses.

In order to prevent that, Trevino says more LPD officers and city code enforcement will be visiting businesses to look out for those breaking the rules.

Trevino says the increase in patrol will be seen in the evening and night hours at bars and restaurants.

Chief Trevino says the type of violations mostly seen are employees not wearing face masks and businesses being over the mandated capacity.

“We are asking everyone from the patrons to the business owners, managers to make sure to follow the order. Make sure to keep the numbers where they need to be. And that all employees are using face masks. They need to assist in keeping these numbers low.”

LPD wants to remind everyone to:

- consistent and correct use of facial coverings

- social distancing of 6 feet or more

- all tables must be separated by 6 feet

- and no alcohol sales after 11 p.m.

Citations can cost not only business owners but also customers breaking the rules anywhere from 200 to 1,000 dollars.

The Laredo police asks you to report any violations of COVID-19 mandates by calling (956) 795-2800 or by downloading the Laredo PD app.

All calls and tips are strictly anonymous.

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