PHOTOS: Scenes from downtown Austin on May 17 as state continues reopening

Austinites walk, run and bike on the Pfluger Bridge on a warm late spring afternoon. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austinites walk, run and bike on the Pfluger Bridge on a warm late spring afternoon. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austinites walk, run and bike on the Pfluger Bridge on a warm late spring afternoon. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Austinites walk, run and bike on the Pfluger Bridge on a warm late spring afternoon. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austinites get onto the Colorado River on a hot afternoon in late spring. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austinites get onto the Colorado River on a hot afternoon in late spring. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austinites get onto the Colorado River on a hot afternoon in late spring. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austinites get onto the Colorado River on a hot afternoon in late spring. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austinites get onto the Colorado River on a hot afternoon in late spring. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Many bars on Sixth Street remain boarded up, and some were painted by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Beginning May 1, Austin's businesses began to reopen slowly—first restaurants, then barbershops and salons, followed in turn by child care centers and some offices.

On May 17—a hot late spring Sunday afternoon in Austin—residents were out enjoying a weekend on Lake Austin and walking, biking or running in the city's trails and parks.

However, life was not quite back to normal completely in Austin. The bars on Sixth Street remained boarded up, with some decorated by artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery.

On May 18, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the next phase of opening in Texas. Following the May 18 opening of some businesses, May 22 will mark the next milestone date with bars able to open to 25% capacity and restaurants to 50% capacity.

Then, on May 31, youth camps and sports will be able to begin, as well as all summer camps and some professional sports.


State and local officials are still recommending all residents take measures to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Abbott's orders encourage residents to wear face coverings and minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. According to his current executive order, people over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.

The city of Austin and Travis County have released a color-coded chart to help people understand where the community stands in fighting the virus.

Austin is currently at Stage 3, according to the chart—meaning residents are asked to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 10.


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