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City of Austin & Travis County



“Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders extended through December 15, 2020

The county’s local disaster declaration and public health emergency have been extended until December 15, as well as Austin and Travis county COVID-19 orders.

  • The order prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Every person in Travis County is required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when:
    • Inside a public building
    • Outside when unable to keep a 6-foot distance
  • Fines for violations of the order of gathering size will not exceed $1,000, while violations of the mask order will not be over $250
  • The order adjusts to allow for some visitation at nursing homes, per new state guidelines
  • The order outlines a phased-in approach to in-person learning at K-12 schools

State of Texas


Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order allowing restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, gyms, museums, and libraries to increase capacity from 50% to 75%. The changes went into effect Monday, Sept. 21.

For more information on the Governor’s orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.

8/8/20 Governor Greg Abbott Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

7/2/20 Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29, requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

Latest Updates


Beginning on Saturday, September 12, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will reopen additional park amenities, facilities and programs. It’s been determined that these re-openings may proceed safely during Stage 3 COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines.

The following park amenities will be available:

  • Barton Creek Spillway
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Neighborhood Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Adult Exercise Equipment
  • Campsites (at Emma Long Metropolitan Park)


Beginning on Saturday, August 15, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will reopen limited park amenities and outdoor facilities. It’s been determined that these re-openings may proceed safely during Stage 4 COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines. These changes were made in consultation with Austin Public Health and City leadership.

The following park amenities will be available:

  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks

Additionally, the following outdoor PARD facilities* will reopen:

  • Tennis Centers
  • Golf Courses
  • Boating Concessions
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Food Concessions

*Each facility will operate under reduced capacity and COVID-19 Modified Operating Procedures specific to each facility, such as social distancing, cleaning protocols, temperature checks, etc. 


Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program provides full rent payment for income-eligible Austin renters financially impacted by COVID-19.

Applications open Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant

Austin City Council has designated $3.5 million in relief funds for local musicians and artists. The Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant provides immediate and equitably-focused grants to individual creatives and industry support staff in Austin. Applicants may apply for a $2,000 grant toward rent, bills, groceries, and other eligible COVID-19 related expenses.

Application Opens: August 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Deadline to apply: August 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Face Covering Information

Wearing a face covering should not be used as a substitute for social distancing and frequent hand washing. All individuals over the age of ten must wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief. Parents and guardians of children under ten shall be responsible for appropriately masking children when outside their residence.

Downtown Ambassadors

Our Downtown Ambassadors are hard at work to keep downtown clean and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with increased cleaning efforts, they are setting up handwashing stations, practicing social distancing, and sharing information on good hygiene practices. Watch this video to see them in action.

Contact the ambassadors at (512) 937-7422 for safety escorts, graffiti removal and more. Click here for a full list of their services.

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