May 2 roundup: This week's top 5 stories from Central Texas

Broth & Basil is a Vietnamese restaurant in Pflugerville's Stone Hill Town Center. Co-owner Tumy Diep said she is weighing health risks alongside employment needs for her staff as she decides whether to reopen this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Broth & Basil is a Vietnamese restaurant in Pflugerville's Stone Hill Town Center. Co-owner Tumy Diep said she is weighing health risks alongside employment needs for her staff as she decides whether to reopen this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Broth & Basil is a Vietnamese restaurant in Pflugerville's Stone Hill Town Center. Co-owner Tumy Diep said she is weighing health risks alongside employment needs for her staff as she decides whether to reopen this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top five stories from this past week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

5. Find out when public pools, water parks will open in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

With May just around the corner and Texas on the cusp of summer weather, area residents interested in relaxing by the pool or visiting a water park may have to wait longer than usual. Given the coronavirus pandemic, some pool facilities and water parks in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto have postponed opening.

4. Georgetown's disaster declaration extended beyond May 11

Georgetown’s disaster declaration has been extended indefinitely.



“Even with all the changes coming from the state, we think it’s a good idea to extend the declaration,” Community Services Director Jackson Daly said to council members at the April 28 meeting.

3. 46 people tested positive for coronavirus in Round Rock nursing home

The Williamson County and Cities Health District had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility, the district announced April 25.

2. Williamson County commissioners to issue cease and desist against Big Fish Entertainment, Sheriff Robert Chody after continued ‘Live PD’ filming post contract termination

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted 4-0 to send a cease-and-desist letter to all “Live PD” affiliates after Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody ignored their decision to terminate the county’s affiliation with the show.

1. Round Rock, Pflugerville restaurant owners share why they will forgo chance to reopen May 1

On a typical Saturday morning, an empty table is a rarity due to a bustling brunch crowd at Greenhouse Craft Foods in Round Rock. However, the past six weeks have been anything but typical.

Restaurants across the state have been required to close their dine-in facilities since mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. On April 27, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that restaurants will have the option to reopen dining room spaces with limited occupancy beginning May 1.

However, as much as Executive Chef and owner Rob Snow longs to see his restaurant filled with customers once again, he said he will not reopen Greenhouse on May 1.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.