COVID-19 news conference

Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy speaks at a daily news conference about COVID-19 preparations.

Q: Should we go to the hair salon or other personal care appointments?

A: That decision is up to you, local officials say. Gov. Greg Abbott has directed all bars and restaurants to cease in-house dining services and ordered all gyms to close. But Abbott hasn’t yet ordered non-essential businesses to close, as leaders in other states have done.

Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy said decisions like that were up to individual consumers’ discretion.

“Obviously your provider can’t stand 6 feet away from you if you get your hair done,” McCoy said at a news conference Monday. “You have to take the responsibility when you walk into a situation to receive that service. If you’re uncomfortable, about it, walk away. No one is going to force you to have a haircut.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that, as much as possible, people in the U.S. maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others if and when you leave the house. However, federal guidelines for older adults and those with underlying health conditions advise staying home and away from other people completely.

Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care, local hospitals, and more. Questions, tips, or ideas? Contact: or call 361-580-6597.

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