City officials say it's up to the community to report defiance of ordinances

Posted at 6:58 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 19:58:31-04

As many people enjoy gyms, bars and zoos reopening for Phase Two, many are wondering how businesses are following safety guidelines.

Bars like Cricket's Draft House and Grill is screening every employee, changing out menus regularly and removed all bar stools. They’ve restricted access to many common surfaces, including their pool tables.

"It's day by day. Every day get's a little bit better. We've basically had to retrain, and retool and handle every challenge that comes up," said Cricket's general manager Harold Manning.

Larry Holze with the City of Waco says code enforcement doesn't patrol for violations. The City will only respond to complaints

"What we gotta realize is the germ is still out there. Most of the time, it's concerns for people congregating in larger groups than they should be, maybe not wearing face covering when they are," said Holze.

During Phase One in Waco, code enforcement officers answered over 2,000 calls and worked nearly 200 complaints. So far in Phase Two, they've received zero calls. The same goes for Brazos County.

"If we get a call, we have to respond. We're gonna educate them as to what the order actually states they can do," said Sheriff Chris Kirk with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.

Code enforcement can then issue citations which could lead up to a $1,000 fine.

Tattoo and piercing studios are also allowed to reopen in Phase Two, but places, like Infamous Ink, that opened early are still awaiting their day in court to settle their 14 acquired citations.

The tattoo and piercing studio is now facing possibly $14,000 in fines.

"I honestly hope when the City looks at everything that's happened and what's going on, and they look at the facts, they don't want to push it any further," said Infamous Ink co-owner Zac "Lefty" Colbert.

If you do you do see problems with people or businesses not following ordinances, you are asked to contact your city's non emergency line. You're also encouraged to reach out to them if you have questions on any of the rules.