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Updated: 4/1/2020

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March 31, 2020 

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols 

As of March 30, 2020

Isolation Facilities Set Up to Help Shelter Nursing Home Patients with COVID-19City of Austin

Austin Parks & Rec closes park amenities to follow social distancing guidelinesCBS Austin

Can Builders Keep Building During Austin’s Stay-At-Home Order?KUT Austin

As of March 27, 2020

As of March 26, 2020

Austin City Council Approves 60-Day ‘Grace Period’ For Owed RentKUT

A New Texas COVID-19 Pandemic Toolkit Shows the Importance of Social Distancing

New Travis County COVID-19 Public Dashboard LaunchedCity of Austin 

As of March 25, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 30, Capital Metro will temporarily suspend MetroExpress service.

Clarification on Construction during “Stay Home, Work Safe” OrderCity of Austin 

As of March 24, 2020

“Stay home, work safe” shelter-in-place order issued for Austin-Travis County. The order goes into effect tonight at 11:59 pm.

Stay Home – Work Safe: Guidance for the Construction Industry

Shelter-in-place order issued for Williamson County

As of March 23, 2020

Mayor Adler has announced that he will issue a shelter-in-place order for Austin and Travis County tomorrow. 

CapMetro is hiring bus operators and part-time cleaning staff

Austin Disaster Relief Network Asks Austinites to Drop off Personal Protective Supplies at 4  locations through March 28

As of March 21, 2020

Mayor Adler has signed an updated order requiring retail establishments, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and warehouse stores, to establish controls to require social distancing, which requires a 6-foot separation between patrons in line queuing in front of and inside stores.

The deadline for the U.S. Census has been extended by two weeks until mid-August. Click here to find out how to complete your census forms by phone, mail or online. By completely your forms now, you are minimizing the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up.

As of March 20, 2020

This Thursday’s City Council meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and will be available to watch live on ATXN.  Mayor Adler, five (5) Council Members, and the City Manager will be attending the meeting in person, while the remainder of the Council will be participating remotely.  Click here for the revised agenda. Public comment will be allowed via telephone, but no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register by noon on Wednesday. Click here to sign up to speak remotely.

As of March 19, 2020

Travis County postpones May 2 election until November 3, 2020

As of March 18, 2020

About 1,000 more testing kits are now available in Austin

City of Austin Closes Municipal Courts until March 30

The city of Austin is modifying its operations and some public services will be suspended until Monday, March 30, 2020. 

  • All library branches will be closed
  • All non-essential Municipal Court dockets will be rescheduled
  • Austin Animal Center will be closed to the public
  • All pools, golf courses, athletic programs, recreation centers, and cultural centers will be closed

As of March 17, 2020

CapMetro Temporary Service Changes

Community Resources & Information

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals, Families & Businesses

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Essentials: Food, Transportation & Services during COVID-19

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How You Can Help: Giving Back During COVID-19

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Ideas for Staying Active & Connected

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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.

If you have additional information that would be helpful to the downtown community, please email us at

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