Undercover officers arrest 2 women for running home salons during quarantine

Police in Texas said the women solicited customers online via social media despite the stay-at-home orders in place.

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/ Source: TODAY
By Samantha Kubota

Two women are facing charges after police said they were offering salon services from their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

Undercover officers in Laredo, Texas, made contact with the women to set up appointments.

One woman, Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia, 31, admitted to police she was running a nail salon insider her house, local NBC affiliate KGNS reported. The other, Brenda Stephany Mata, 20, allegedly agreed to perform eyelash service inside her home for an undercover cop.

The arrests were among several recent violations of stay-at-home orders reported across the United States.

In Malibu, California, a stand-up paddleboarder was arrested and cited for disobeying the stay-at-home order three weeks ago — a charge that could come with a hefty price tag. In Manhattan Beach, a surfer was cited and charged $1,000 for disobeying the order, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In New Jersey, there have been dozens of charges for people not following social distancing orders, NBC New York reported. Among them, four people were arrested for attending a party inside of an Airbnb rental in Jersey City, three people were busted for gathering in a Passaic apartment, and eight people in Elizabeth were charged after ignoring police orders to disperse after loitering.

In recent days, there have been protests across the country calling on states to end stay-at-home orders and reopen businesses.