City asks residents not to gather for football Sunday

With the big bowl taking place this weekend, city officials are stressing the importance of only watching the big game with your household
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Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 12:24 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 9:28 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Frustration continues among local health officials over people continuing to gather in large numbers.

Health officials say they are concerned this behavior won’t change before Super Bowl weekend.

“Everyone has to make those right choices,” said City Manager Robert Eads. “Everybody has to understand people are dying. Our doctors and nurses are tired, they have been at it for 10 months.”

It’s a plea from city officials as people continue to disregard health mandates and safety recommendations.

“We had close to 50 LPD app submissions from you, the Laredo citizens throughout the weekend,” said Investigator Joe Baeza. “Calls and complaints regarding loud music, gatherings at home, people singing karaoke at all hours of the night. This is exactly what we are speaking to.”

Besides the app submissions, this weekend alone LPD says they received 38 calls relating to COVID complaints.

Officers made 60 park and 31 business checks.

Joe Baeza with LPD says since March of 2020 the department has made over 12,000 business checks.

He adds enforcement is there but people continue to gather, have parties and not social distance.

If this behavior continues, officials say they are concerned for Super Bowl weekend.

“But most of all we urge you to please keep the warning about gatherings or any Super Bowl gatherings. We understand it is a tradition and people want to get together, but you risk your life and your family’s lives.”

Robert Eads says as long the state does not allow stricter rules and the vaccine roll out continues to be slow, it will be up to each individual decision to help protect limited hospital space and the most vulnerable population.

“Make the right choices yourself because if you have to end up in a hospital, you will be in a critical situation. But you have a choice to stay home and not invite people to these carne asadas.”

Health Director Richard Chamberlain says data from contact tracing has shown a majority of cases are linked to exposure at public places.

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