City of Amarillo considering extending shelter-in-place

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo’s “All In” shelter in place order is set to expire on Monday and the city of discussing an extension.

The shelter in place started on March 30 as a way to flatten the curve. The city will now meet on Tuesday to discuss extending the order.

The city will have that decision on that extension next Tuesday.

“It will be decided by the city council as to whether or not to extend the shelter in place order for the next, I anticipate two week segments. We said all along having measured common sense response to the actual data coming out of our community. Looking at the actual data that Tuesday, the city council will then have a dialogue and discussion on whether or not shelter in place order needs to be extended.” said Mayor Ginger Nelson

The city is looking to fall in order with Governor Greg Abbott’s order to shelter in place until April 30. City Manager Jared Miller said that during the time of “All In” Amarillo that emergency calls have dropped.

“What we’ve seen is a reduction overall. I don’t have the exact statistics on which categories are down, but we know there are sufficient reduction in calls. Especially to fire services and EMS services. Police services not quite as much. A lot is due to reports of concerns of businesses complying with the low-risk businesses criteria and things like that,” said Jared Miller.

The city reiterated at the COVID-19 briefing today, if you must go out, to wear a mask and use good hygiene practices.

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