Harris County Judge urges citizens to report “Businesses open that shouldn’t be”

Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo offered a form to help local citizens report businesses that are “open that shouldn’t be.”

Hidalgo tweeted:

See a restaurant at full capacity? Businesses open that shouldn’t be? Help us save lives. If you see violations of Governor Abbott’s order, please report them at:

This is how the form looks.

Friday, Hidalgo tweeted:

I’ve signed a NEW stay-home work-safe order. Non-essential Harris County businesses and others that were not “reopened” by the Governor’s order need to stay closed through May 20th. We need to remain vigilant for a phased reopening to work.

Earlier in the month, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio caused a firestorm on social media after announcing a new system where New Yorkers could report places and people not social distancing via text.

de Blasio tweeted “How do you report places that aren’t enforcing social distancing? It’s simple: just snap a photo and text it to 311-692. #AskMyMayor”


DailyMail reported the response didn’t quite go to plan as aggrieved members of the public vehemently criticized the ‘tyrannical overreach’ the hotline posed and within hours it was flooded messages of contempt for de Blasio instead.

Such messages included photos of extended middle fingers and links to articles about de Blasio breaking his own social distancing instructions when he was seen going into a gym in mid-March, after the coronavirus outbreak had already started ravaging the city.