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High 5 in Lakeway is planning to open at limited capacity May 21. (Courtesy High 5 Entertainment LLC)
High 5 in Lakeway is planning to open at limited capacity May 21. (Courtesy High 5 Entertainment LLC)

High 5 in Lakeway is planning to open at limited capacity May 21. (Courtesy High 5 Entertainment LLC)

See what local business are doing as Texas reopens for business May 1.

Lone entertainment center in Lake Travis-Westlake area moving to reopen with caution

Laser Tag, bowling, indoor Top Golf, ax throwing, an arcade—among other group-oriented activities: These combine to create an all-in-one business model best described as an entertainment center. These include places such as Pinballz Arcade and Dave & Buster’s, both of which have locations in the Greater Austin area.

Right now, the only entertainment center in the Lake Travis-Westlake area is High 5 Family Entertainment Center, located at 1502 RM 620 in Lakeway, and under Gov. Greg Abbott’s two-phase plan to reopen the Texas economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, that type of business model is not quite ready to allow in-store patronage.

Simon reopens 5 Austin-area malls May 1, lifting coronavirus closures

Five Austin-area malls managed by Simon are reopening May 1 after closing temporarily March 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a news release by the company, Barton Creek Square Mall, Lakeline Mall, Round Rock Premium Outlets, San Marcos Premium Outlets and The Domain have all reopened as of 11 a.m. May 1.

LIST: See which Cedar Park, Leander restaurants are opening dining rooms May 1

Some Texas businesses can reopen May 1 at a limited capacity according to Gov. Greg Abbott’s April 27 announcement.

In Cedar Park and Leander, some restaurants have decided to reopen dining rooms at a maximum 25% occupancy, but many restaurants have chosen to limit service to curbside, delivery and to-go orders.

The list is a noncomprehensive list of local restaurants and if they will open their dining rooms May 1.

Dine-in or takeout? See what these 33 Southwest Austin restaurants are planning to offer May 1

Beginning May 1, an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott allowing certain businesses to open at 25% capacity will go into effect. Although restaurants can choose to open their dining rooms, many owners and managers have decided to wait until a future date and will continue to offer alternative services.

As some businesses reopen to reduced capacity today, Hays County keeps an eye on the safety of its residents

Texans will be able to hit the streets again, as stay-at-home restrictions issued April 2 by Gov. Greg Abbott expired May 1. Retail stores, movie theaters and restaurants are among the businesses allowed to reopen in the first phase of the governor’s plan, which only allows businesses to have 25% occupancy.

As Georgetown businesses open, residents are split whether to go out or stay in

Georgetown businesses began to open May 1 with limited capacity after more than a month of being shut down to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

And while some residents have their shopping bags ready, others are hesitant to return to old habits.

25% capacity: A guide to Lake Travis dining establishments opening for dine-in service May 1

Following an April 27 announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott, restaurant owners throughout Texas are preparing to open their dining rooms to limited capacity after a weekslong stretch of only being able to offer takeout or delivery service.

In the Lake Travis-Westlake area, many dining establishments will be open for in-store service May 1, while others are not yet ready to make the transition, and business owners are instead opting to wait.

Which Central Austin restaurants are opening dine-in services? Which are waiting a little longer?

Governor Greg Abbott's new executive order allowing certain businesses to open at 25% capacity on May 1 is a permission slip, not a mandate.

In between the governor's announcement April 27 and the May 1 open-for-business date, many Central Austin restaurant owners let their customers into their thought process on social media.

Williamson County offices to remain closed to the public despite businesses opening May 1

Even as Williamson County businesses prepare to reopen under Phase I of Gov. Greg Abbott’s new Open Texas orders May 1, county offices will continue to operate at a limited capacity through the month of May, according to an April 30 news release.

As Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto businesses reopen, residents divided on health risks, economic benefits

This weekend, Texans could find themselves lounging in movie theaters, browsing through retail stores and enjoying a dine-in restaurant meal for the first time in nearly seven weeks. But with Phase 1 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s business reopening strategy set to kick off May 1, not all residents plan on participating.

Some restaurants prep to reopen in Cedar Park Leander; others sit tight

Local business owners are contemplating whether to reopen after Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 27 that some businesses may reopen with up to 25% occupancy May 1. Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls are included. Barber shops, hair salons, bars and gyms are excluded for now.

Many local restaurants will continue with to-go, delivery and carryout orders.

Georgetown library, some parks facilities to open with limited service May 1

The Georgetown Public Library and some parks facilities will open to the public for limited services on Friday, May 1. The tennis center at 400 Serenada Drive will reopen May 4.

Most other city facilities will remain closed to the public while city officials develop a phased reopening of other public areas for May 11, a news release said, explaining the openings follow executive orders issued April 27 by Gov. Greg Abbott that allow some businesses and facilities to open to the public as part of Phase 1 of the Open Texas plan.

Retail to go kicks off May 1. Here is what Hutto residents need to know

Ahead of retail to go's formal kickoff May 1, the city of Hutto has released a how-to video on how residents can support local businesses while protecting themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most Austin brewpubs will not open May 1 despite green light from governor

Many brewpubs across the Austin area are uniquely positioned among craft beer producers to open their taprooms early because of their ability to serve food, seeing as Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to reopen the Texas economy May 1 included restaurants but not bars.

In spite of this, only a few brewpubs in and around Austin have announced plans to reopen their doors to customers May 1, even as revenue continues to dwindle statewide. Several establishments have cited safety concerns for both employees and customers.

Brian Rash, Nicholas Cicale, Joe Warner, Taylor Girtman, Ali Linan, Jack Flagler, Amy Rae Dadamo, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.


Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4. (Courtesy Austin Marriott Downtown)
31-story Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4

The new hotel includes The Lobbyist, a two-story cocktail bar and Corinne Restaurant, a neighborhood dining and cocktail spot with an outdoor patio.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

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Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Winter Storm Uri ice
Winter storm closures deepen financial woes for Austin’s pandemic-battered restaurant scene

Some restaurants in Austin lost thousands of dollars in lost business due to business closures during Winter Storm Uri.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is coming to Austin

Job postings on the SpaceX website say the company is breaking ground on a "state of the art" manufacturing facility in Ausin.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

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Travis County vaccine providers receive 46,540 doses week of March 1

Seton Medical Center in Austin received the largest allocation this week, with over 14,000 doses.