mask backlash

Houstonians protest Garden Oaks burger restaurant for enforcing masks

Houstonians protest Garden Oaks burger restaurant for enforcing masks

Miller's Cafe Houston Shepherd hamburger protest
Popular neighborhood burger spot Miller's Cafe was the site of mask-related protests. Miller's Cafe/Facebook

A Houston cafe was targeted by protesters over the New Year weekend after customers became upset over being told they had to wear a face mask while inside the business.

Video taken outside the Miller's Cafe location in the 3800 block of North Shepherd Drive showed a crowd chanting while holding flags. A crowd gathered outside the Miller's Cafe location on Shepherd Drive over the weekend after customers got upset after being told to wear a mask while inside.

The protest got the attention of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who tweeted he planned to visit the restaurant Monday. "I hear they have pretty good burgers," Turned wrote. "I will patronize them Monday and I hope you patronize them this week."

Customers at restaurants across the state are required to cover their faces in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a mandate that has drawn similar protests elsewhere over the past year.

In September, video circulated online of a protest at a Florida Target store where participants demanded that customers remove their masks.

While mask mandates remain in place, enforcement in Houston has not come with widespread fines or documented warnings, according to a check on records in November.

"I don't think it'll be our number one priority," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo explained at the time. "As you can imagine, we're trying to impact violent crime, but it is something where you are subject to a $250 citation."

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