Safety Measures: COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Below you'll find information and resources to help keep you informed
Stay Home – Work Safe Order Extended Through August 15
Austin’s Stay Home – Work Safe order for Austin/Travis County extended through August 15, calling on individuals to help keep each other and our community safe.
The Current City of Austin Order currently in effect states:
- Social gatherings of up to 10 people are to be avoided
- Socializing or attending outdoor events in groups of more than 10 individuals outside of the same household is prohibited
- Continued recommendation for businesses to keep “activity logs” to help APH track and trace potential cases
- Reopened businesses and operations under the Governor’s Executive Orders are strongly encouraged to operate at a lower capacity than otherwise permitted and to provide services remotely or in a manner maximizing social distancing
- Businesses are encouraged to do everything they can to require social distancing and face masking behaviors while the City remains in Stage 4
- Individuals are to continue maintaining 6 feet social distancing and hand washing
- Individuals are asked to follow recommendations according to Austin Public Health’s Risk-Based Guidelines Chart below.
Included in August 15 Order Extension:
By Tuesday, June 23rd, Austin businesses must create and post a health and safety plan for employees and visitors that requires masks.
Recent Revisions to Current City of Austin Orders:
- Both Austin and Travis County prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people, unless exempt by the Governor’s Order
- Outdoor gathering ban does not apply to swimming pools, zoos, museums, etc. as long as operations remain at or under 50%
- Austin’s Order continues through Aug. 15 whereas Travis County’s Order on 100-plus gatherings expires on July 10
- Clarifications to Austin Orders address face-covering requirements for children 10 years and older
Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order Issued June 26:
New restrictions include the closing of bars, limiting restaurant capacity, and putting a hold on all elective surgeries and procedures.
The surgery order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26, and halts all elective surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary in Travis, Bexar, Harris, and Dallas counties.
Texas bars must close as of noon on Friday, June 26 although those businesses can still remain open for delivery and take out, including for alcoholic beverages.
Restaurant dining rooms must move from 75% to 50% occupancy levels
Rafting and tubing businesses must close
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 10 shall be responsible for appropriately masking children when outside their residence.
Recent News Coverage
COVID UPDATES IN AUSTIN
- H-E-B requiring shoppers to wear face masks at Travis County, Hays County locations (CBS Austin)
- H-E-B Requiring Customers Wear Face Masks in Travis, Hays Counties (Spectrum)
- Local H-E-B stores will require all customers to wear masks starting Monday (KXAN)
- 4 Travis County parks closed after exceeding coronavirus capacity (Austin American-Statesman)
- TABC suspends 3 downtown Austin bars for not following COVID-19 policies (CultureMap Austin)
COVID UPDATES STATE-WIDE
- Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Gov. Abbott gives update as Texas COVID-19 positivity rate increases to more than 9% (KVUE)
- This week in Texas: Counties begin issuing mask orders for businesses (KVUE)
- Abbott calls coronavirus increase ‘unacceptable’ but says Texas won’t shut down (Austin American-Statesman)
- Gov. Greg Abbott urges voluntary measures to curb coronavirus spread but says closing Texas will be the “last option” (Texas Tribune)
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 email@example.com.