TEXARKANA — The cities of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas, have issued a mandatory curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The only exceptions will be medical emergencies, including doctors appointments and pharmacy visits, and work related travel.
“If you are out during curfew hours, you will be stopped and questioned, escorted home, and will face consequences if you are found in violation,” Texarkana Texas mayor Bob Bruggeman said on Wednesday. “The sooner we comply, the sooner we can put this health crisis behind us.”
The closure of massage studios, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons in Texarkana complements an order from Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson that saw the closure of such businesses across the Natural State on Tuesday. Such businesses will need to be closed in the interest of public safety on Thursday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m. until further notice.
“Social distancing isn’t being practiced by many,” Mayor Bruggeman said. “I see parking lots full and groups socializing. This is not okay. We must be aware of the danger we are putting ourselves in when in contact with others. Keep a distance of six feet, wash your hands frequently, leave your home if necessary, and avoid gatherings of 10 or people.”
The declaration also suspended the issuance of itinerant vendor permits, which pertains to those who perform door-to-door sales in neighborhoods and other areas.
“Many of our citizens are continuing to conduct business as usual,” Texarkana Arkansas mayor Allen L. Brown said. “We are asking you to observe or temporary guidelines and to adjust your daily schedule.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there are still only two confirmed cases, one in Cass County and the other in Bowie County.