People threaten Mexican restaurant with calling ICE for mask mandate

Customers of a Mexican restaurant in Texas threatened to call ICE after requiring the use of a mask inside the establishment The Mexican ...

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  • Customers of a Mexican restaurant in Texas threatened to call ICE after requiring the use of a mask inside the establishment
  • The Mexican restaurant decided to continue with the measure despite the lifting of the state mask mandate
  • “I never imagined they would go this far,” said the restaurant’s co-owner.

Customers of a Mexican restaurant in Houston, Texas threatened business owners to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the establishment required the use of masks, he reported. The New York Post.

The Richards family, owner of the famous Mexican restaurant in Texas called Picos, said they have received multiple hateful messages after they decided they would continue to demand the use of a mask as a measure to combat COVID-19 despite the state governor lifting the state mandate to use them.

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“It was horrible,” co-owner Monica Richards told the Houston Chronicle.

According to Richard, clients threatened to call ICE after state Governor Greg Abbott announced the state’s reopening and raise the measureRichards said.

Richards said Picos received calls, private messages via social media and emails where multiple customers threatened to call ICE to have the agency review the immigration status of restaurant staff.

“I never imagined they would go this far,” the woman told the Chronicle, adding that Picos “has always been following the rules.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a video on Twitter last week that private companies have the legal right to require that they cover their faces if they wish.

“Just remember that if you stay in business after you are asked to leave, you are subject to arrest for burglary,” he warned.

Richards appreciated the messages of support and stressed that he is confident that the restaurant will continue to operate. “If people don’t want to comply, they can take their margaritas to go or come back at another time,” he said.

Texas has become the most populous state to end a measure aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 42,000 Texans according to The Associated Press.

The Republican governor made the announcement after facing harsh criticism from his own party for the order, which was imposed eight months ago, as well as other restrictions adopted to contain the pandemic.

“With this executive order, we ensure that all Texas businesses and families have the freedom to determine their own destiny,” the Republican governor wrote on Twitter. Despite the removal of the mask order, the restriction was applied lightly, even during the worst moments of the pandemic, according to The Associated Press.

Texas will also suspend the limits imposed on restaurants, bars and cafes on the number of diners that can serve indoors, with the elimination these places could serve “one hundred percent” according to the official statement. Abbott made the announcement at a restaurant in Lubbock.

Meanwhile, several US governors have ‘relaxed’ restrictions on the coronavirus, despite warnings from health experts that the pandemic is far from over.

The United States reached 29,092,305 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 527,612 deaths from the covid-19 disease on Tuesday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 8:00 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT on Wednesday) is 1,884 more deaths than on Monday and 51,075 new infections, the Efe agency reported.

California is now the state hit hardest by the pandemic with 54,557 deaths, followed by New York (48,476), Texas (45,582), Florida (31,889), Pennsylvania (24,388), New Jersey (23,635) and Illinois (23,040).

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