Here is the latest news on stay-at-home orders across the Austin area

Find out if your locale is sheltering in place or what legal consequences the coronavirus is creating in the stories below.

Leander Police chief dispels social media rumors about checkpoints, passes

Leander Police Chief Greg Minton issued a statement March 26 dispelling rumors related to coronavirus he said are circulating on social media.

“We are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket, or establish checkpoints for compliance,” Minton said in the statement.

Shelter-in-place order FAQs: Find out what is and is not allowed under the order



A shelter-in-place order was issued by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra on March 25 in efforts to reduce physical contact between residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lower-risk arrestees may be released to reduce coronavirus risk at Hays County Jail

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, several Hays County judges signed an order the week of March 23 that will allow lower-risk arrestees and prisoners in the Hays County Jail to be released back into the community, according to a release from the county.

Here is the order for Hays County’s shelter in place that begins at 11 p.m. March 26

A shelter-in-place order goes into effect at 11 p.m. March 26 in Hays County to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The county has 11 confirmed cases.

Austin’s stay-at-home order enforceable by up to $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail; city says penalties are a last resort

With the new shelter-in-place order in effect from March 25 through April 13, local authorities in Austin and its surrounding areas say they do have enforcement mechanisms available to ensure residents are following the stay-home order in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease that has impacted much of the globe.

What does a stay-at-home order mean for Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto residents?

Local officials are asking all residents to stay home, with only essential businesses and activities taking place outside residences.

“I ask residents to take this shelter-in-place action seriously as we all need to do our part to stop the spread of the COVID-19,” Pflugerville mayor Victor Gonzales said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

Austin, Travis County announce shelter-in-place orders to take effect at midnight

Travis County and the city of Austin announced shelter-in-place orders at a March 24 press conference. While not identical, both orders dictate that individuals should remain in their places of residence except to conduct essential activities and that nonessential businesses should have employees work from home.

New Braunfels issues stay-at-home order effective 11:59 p.m. March 25

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the city of New Braunfels announced a Stay at Home and Work Safe Order at a press conference that was also streamed on Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 25, residents are asked to take shelter in their place of residence and should not leave their homes except for essential trips.

Brian Perdue, Evelin Garcia, Joe Warner, Christopher Neely, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Olivia Aldridge and Warren Brown contributed to this report.

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Travis County continues to urge residents to follow social distancing guidelines when out in public. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County officials: 20 new coronavirus hospitalizations per day would strain local hospital capacity

Dr. Mark Escott said new admissions per day is a key measure to determine if the county should be more or less restrictive in its guidance to residents and businesses.

A May 27 preliminary budget discussion showed Central Health expects to see a slow-down in property tax revenue growth in fiscal year 2020-21. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early budget forecasts from Central Health show anticipated 'slow-down' in tax revenue collection

Preliminary budget forecasts from Central Health show the health care district anticipates a slow down in tax revenue collection growth.

Brooke Elementary School is closing after the 2019-20 school year. (Photo by Jack Flagler, design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pease, Brooke elementary school communities seek closure from a distance

Both schools will close permanently at the end of the school year. On May 28, Brooke and Pease held rolling parades to say goodbye.

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

Each eligible child will receive $285 in benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Some Texas students eligible for one-time federal benefit to aid with food purchases

Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits.

Zilker Theatre Productions announced May 28 that its summer musical, "Mamma Mia," has been postponed to 2021. (Courtesy Zilker Theatre Production)
Zilker Theatre Productions postpones summer musical to 2021

This will be the first time the free outdoor show in Zilker Park has not run since it began in 1959.

A screen shot of Dr. Mark Escott speaking
Austin Public Health planning response in case of coronavirus hospitalization spike

As local health authorities monitor an upward trend in COVID-19 cases, they are bracing for a possible uptick in hospitalizations.

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as of May 27. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County reports 73 new coronavirus cases May 27

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as well.

East Austin bar La Holly opened a pop-up on West Sixth Street at Key Bar on May 22. (Courtesy Summer Madeline)
La Holly opens pop-up on West Sixth Street at Key Bar

East Austin bar La Holly opened a pop-up on West Sixth Street at Key Bar on May 22.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.

Traffic on toll roads operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has steadily climbed over the last two months after nosediving in March. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
As economic restrictions loosen, some Central Texas toll roads are beginning to fill up with traffic

Traffic counts on roads operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority have consistently climbed since early April.

Nursing facilities across Texas will be able to apply for federal funds to purchase devices to connect residents to friends and family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.