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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.


Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

Austin announced a "phased process" to introduce Proposition B ordinances beginning with one month of outreach followed by one month of warnings and citations before arrests or clearances begin as necessary.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

Mes Amis is an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for picnics. Two new fitness studios, Hive + Honey and Regymen, are also now open.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

Barton Springs Pool, shown here in March 2020, will require reservations for residents wishing to visit after 8 a.m. starting on May 17. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 21

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.