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Local businesses receive temporary restraining order

A recent operation by the Laredo Police Department found that these businesses allegedly violated the COVID-19 ordinances in place by the state of Texas.
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:08 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - The behavior of several local businesses during the ongoing pandemic is starting to catch up with them.

Two temporary restraining orders were handed to those found violating the COVID-19 ordinances on Thursday.

People can scratch off Blue Moon and Social Bar and Grill from the list of places they can visit for the foreseeable future.

A recent operation by the Laredo Police Department found that these businesses allegedly violated the COVID-19 ordinances in place by the state of Texas.

”We visited several dozen businesses and a lot of these businesses were in compliance, but, again, there was some that continued to disregard the order,” said Chief Claudio Trevino.

Trevino says a glaring issue with these establishments was over capacity.

”Allowing that capacity level to exceed the 50 percent, crowding people in their patios.”

Another issue police are running into is with bars operating as restaurants.

”We found out that some of these businesses were deceiving or not having that kitchen open and just operating, generally, as a bar.”

With all the evidence collected, police were able to present their findings to the court and enough was there to issue out temporary restraining order, or TRO.

Now, enforcement efforts on businesses doesn’t stop there.

”We’re going to be issuing citations on those violations that were observed that may not be enough for a TRO, but is enough to issue a violation. We will be revisiting these locations and issuing those tickets and citations, holding them responsible and they would have to address that at our municipal court.”

Additionally, Trevino says establishments with questionable operations will receive letter recommending changes they need to make to stay within the boundaries of the order.

Two more establishments could receive a temporary restraining order.

Chief Trevino says there may be enough evidence for the courts to grant a TRO, but more details will be provided at a later time.

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