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New Braunfels closes hair salons, nail salons and tattoo shops to prevent spread of COVID-19

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – After issuing a state of local disaster on Tuesday, New Braunfels city officials amended the order to include the closure of hair salons, nail salons and tattoo shops to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The amendment, posted on Sunday, includes the closure of all private clubs, massage parlors, nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, beauty salons, hair removal services, spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and all other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining six feet of distance, according to a news release from the city.

The order takes effect Sunday night at 11:59 p.m., according to the city.

The closures come after Comal County reported three COVID-19 cases.

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“We continue to evaluate the outbreak of COVID-19 across our state and coordinate with our local, county and state partners for the most recent information and professional advice," New Braunfels Mayor Barron Casteel said. "This is a wise next step in the protection of our community.”

The amended order can be read here.

The previous declaration activated the city’s emergency management plan.

It also authorized the city to take any action necessary to promote health and suppress disease, including quarantine and regulating hospitals.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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