5 of the most-read Central Texas stories from the past week

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Gov. Greg Abbott's plans to reopen Texas' economy align with the city's. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Gov. Greg Abbott's plans to reopen Texas' economy align with the city's. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Gov. Greg Abbott's plans to reopen Texas' economy align with the city's. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read five of the most popular Central Texas stories from the past week of coverage.

Austin mayor says Gov. Greg Abbott’s strategy to reopen society aligns with city’s plans, so far

Although Austin and Travis County’s stay-home order was extended to May 8, parts of the community, including retail shops, will begin softly reopening this week at the behest of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell seeks $8,000 in reimbursements for mask supplies

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he and his wife, Jill, will donate the $8,263.24 of supplies they bought to make masks to combat coronavirus and will not seek reimbursement.



Updated: New Braunfels stay-at-home order to remain unchanged after Abbott's orders

The city of New Braunfels will not amend its stay-at-home order in the wake of three executive orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, April 17.

Travis County’s top doc: Wearing face masks and maintaining social distance likely need to last at least a year

Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County’s interim health authority, said residents will need to maintain social distancing and remain vigilant about wearing face masks when out in public for at least a year.

San Marcos is the first city in Texas to adopt a cite-and-release law

After a bumpy road followed by a lively debate among elected officials, the city of San Marcos will be the first in Texas to adopt a cite-and-release policy in the form of a law for certain low-level offenses.

Christopher Neely, Ali Linan, Warren Brown and Evelin Garcia contributed to this report.



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Capital Metro and the City of Austin are preparing to ask voters in November to fund $7.1 billion of a $10 billion plan to expand public transportation across the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Project Connect one step away from officially heading to Austin voters

Austin City Council and the Capital Metro board of directors approved a contract with the voters Aug. 7 laying out details of the plan and set up the rules for a board that will make funding decisions.

Beginning at noon Aug. 10, Lake Pflugerville trail will reopen for public use. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Lake Pflugerville trail to reopen and more Central Texas news

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Rapid nasal swab antigen tests are recommended as options for individuals who were potentially exposed to a confirmed positive carrier, as well as for people traveling, returning to work or undergoing a medical procedure. (Courtesy Total Primary Care)
Find out where to get a 15-minute COVID-19 test in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth metros

Rapid nasal swab antigen tests are recommended as options for individuals who were potentially exposed to a confirmed positive carrier, as well as for people traveling, returning to work or undergoing a medical procedure.

Three new concepts will open at 2113 Manor Road, Austin, the future location of seafood restaurant Este. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pop-ups from former Olamaie, Pitchfork Pretty chefs opening on Manor Road

Este, the seafood restaurant from the team behind Suerte, is set to open in 2021. Until then, Le Cowboy, Rogue Radish and Heritage Seafood Market will operate at the property.

JewBoy Burgers will be moving to a brick-and-mortar location on Airport Boulevard in September. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
JewBoy Burgers moving to Airport Boulevard brick-and-mortar

Owner Mo Pittle will be moving from his food truck on Burnet Road to a new space formerly occupied by Cluck-n-Burger.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

Chelsea Wine and Mike Hooker opened Rave On Vintage in 2013. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rave On Vintage will close North Loop store at the end of August

Owners Mike Hooker and Chelsea Wine will transition the store fully to online sales.

Austin ISD trustees approved a new school calendar Aug. 7, delaying the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD officially delays start of school year until Sept. 8

The district could also extend virtual learning into November based on an approved Texas Education Agency waiver.

Austin Public Health will resume providing coronavirus testing for individuals without symptoms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Asymptomatic coronavirus tests now available through Austin Public Health

Despite relative progress in county efforts to contain the virus, Dr. Mark Escott has urged the community to stay vigilant in social distancing and wearing masks.