Stephenville Police Department issued a citation against Lux Nail Spa on Thursday for failing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 disaster declaration.

Stephenville Police Department released a press release on Thursday thanking the public for their response and due diligence amidst the coronavirus health crisis while also reminding the city that the police department has a responsibility and duty to protect the health and safety of residents.

"We will continue to enforce the emergency declaration with compassion and education,” the press release states. “Officers and city employees are visiting businesses to ensure compliance. For example, businesses that are ordered to be closed such as nail salons, tattoo parlors and hair salons are required to comply with the state, county and city declarations. Today (Thursday), enforcement action occurred when a local business, Lux Nail Spa, 150 N. Barker Avenue, failed to comply with the City of Stephenville COVID-19 Disaster Declaration.”

Stephenville Police Department Chief of Police Dan Harris said this case will be handled in municipal court.

“We want to educate. We want voluntary compliance,” Harris said. “This is to protect all of us and keep us safe and sometimes we have to take enforcement action when those things don’t take place.”

The penalty for a person or business violating an emergency health order can include a fine ranging from $50 to $1,000 or up to 180 days in jail. The city can also revoke a business’ Certificate of Occupancy for committing a second violation.

“Stay strong, we will get through this crisis together,” the press release states. “Shelter at your place of residence and only leave for essential activities. Follow social distancing guidelines and no gathering is allowed.”

For more information, contact the Stephenville Police Department at 254-918-1273 or via their Facebook page.