‘Overwhelmed’: Texas county halts non-essential activities
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso County officials have ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities after the area’s medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced the measure Thursday. Among the non-essential services ordered to be closed, effective at midnight Thursday, are tattoo, hair and nail salons, as well as gyms and in-person dining.
He also appealed to residents to avoid all non-essential activities.
Grocery and drug stores, funeral homes, health care services and government activities were among activities deemed essential. All election-related activities, including campaigns and voting, also were deemed essential activities.
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