Texarkana mayors enact curfew for all residents

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Beginning immediately, there will be a curfew in Texarkana from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all citizens of Texarkana, Texas, and Arkansas. The curfew was issued by the mayors of both cities, after many residents failed to stay indoors and not gather in large groups of people. It will go into effect immediately for both the Texas and Arkansas side.

Texas-side Mayor Bob Bruggeman felt that it was necessary to enact the curfew, with citizens not understanding the importance of the safety precautions.

“I am concerned that our citizens have become complacent and may not be taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously,” Bruggeman said in a statement to the Texarkana Gazette. “Social distancing is not being practiced… I see parking lots full and groups socializing. This is not OK.”

Mayor Bruggeman said he hopes that this curfew will help the citizens see the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We must be aware of the danger we are putting ourselves in when in contact with others,” Bruggeman said.

The curfew doesn’t come as a shock to all.

“I’m not surprised about the curfew,” senior Tyler Cook said. “I think that our mayor is just trying to be safe and keep us [people of Texarkana] safe.”

Law enforcement officials who find residents outside their homes during the curfew will escort them home, and issue them a fine along with a Class C misdemeanor. On the Arkansas-side, breaking curfew will be a city ordinance violation, and curfew-breakers will also be given a citation.

The mayor also ordered that nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, massage parlors, therapists and tattoo shops be closed until further notice.