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HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS — A restaurant in Houston’s Hedwig Village is defying state and county lockdown orders by allowing customers to dine inside.
“We’re trying to help open the economy, trying to get people back to work in the safest manner possible,” said owner Matt Brice told Click2Houston. “In my mind, there’s no reason for us to be closed when other operations are open.”
“We have sanitation buckets everywhere. We have social distancing,” Brice added.
Brice’s move got a mixed reaction, but one city official showed up to give his support, and even used the event to compare people defying lockdown orders to an icon of the civil rights era.
“Sometimes, civil disobedience is required to move things forward. That’s why we remember Rosa Parks.” Houston At-Large Council Member Michael Kubosh said.
Houston city council member Michael Kubosh explains why he's at a restaurant open for dine-in service in violation of Harris County's stay-at-home order:
— Jen Rice (@jen_rice_) April 25, 2020