Districts to offer some in-person classes and more: Most popular news from Central Texas this week

The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas Education Agency, the headquarters for which are located in the William B. Travis building in downtown Austin, issued updated guidance to school districts around the state June 23. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Read the most popular new from this week from Central Texas.

TEA: Districts must offer some in-person classes for 2020-21 school year

After Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers June 18 that students would be returning to Texas public schools in the fall, guidelines released by the Texas Education Agency June 23 fell in line with the governor's comments, mandating school districts offer some form of on-campus instruction during the 2020-21 school year.

New Braunfels and Comal County officials acknowledge surge in COVID-19 cases; neighboring counties take action

The recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Comal County—249.5% between June 1 and June 20—elicited responses from the mayor of New Braunfels and the director of public health for Comal County.



Georgetown City Council sets trigger point for mask mandate

Most Georgetown City Council members said they were not in favor of the city requiring businesses to enforce patrons wearing a mask, but they did set a trigger point that, if met, would mandate businesses to require masks.

Williamson County judge: ‘Common sense’ means wearing masks, but will not require businesses to enforce

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he deems wearing a mask and social distancing as “common sense.”

GALLERY: More than 150 people march in Black Lives Matter protest on Juneteenth in Cedar Park

In Cedar Park, more than 150 people gathered June 19 to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against systemic racism and police brutality.

Jack Flagler, Warren Brown, Ali Linan and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.






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Paperboy's brick-and-mortar restaurant is now open in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Paperboy opens brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Austin

The breakfast and lunch spot has closed its two food trucks, which were located in East Austin and South Austin.

Jjim BBQ will be opening in the fall on South Lamar Boulevard. (Courtesy Jjim BBQ)
New Korean spot JJim BBQ to open in Lamar Union this fall

Min Choe, CEO and co-owner of Tso Chinese Delivery, is also part of the ownership group for the new restaurant.

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Travis County sees 572 new coronavirus cases

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health staff are readying the Austin Convention Center as a field hospital.

The Austin Convention Center will be ready to begin operations as a field hospital and start accepting patients July 21, according to Dr. Jason Pickett, the Austin-Travis County alternate health authority. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Convention Center will be ready July 21 to accept patients, even as COVID-19 hospitalization numbers offer 'glimmer of hope'

The daily hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients has leveled off, but public health officials said it is too early to say whether the plateau will continue or if hospitalization rates will continue the upward trajectory they were on in June and early July.

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Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than three weeks, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20. (Courtesy Walmart)
UPDATED: Kroger joins Walmart, Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in all stores

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.

Maintenance work on the Redbud Trail Bridge will commence July 20. (Map rendering courtesy Austin Public Works)
Redbud Trail Bridge maintenance to cause lane closures starting July 20

A release from Austin Public Works states routine maintenance of the Redbud Trail Bridge over Lady Bird Lake will cause lane closures beginning July 20.

Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Brentwood bowling alley Dart Bowl closes after 62 years

The owners said the economic impact of the pandemic was too much to overcome.

Travis County primary runoff election results: Delia Garza, José Garza, Ann Howard and Dimple Malhotra earn runoff victories

José Garza will advance to November's general election after his victory over incumbent Margaret Moore. As of 10:45 p.m. on July 14, Garza had more than 68% of the vote.

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)
ELECTION RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14.

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Travis County cases are plateauing around 500 daily, Austin's top doctor says

Stage 5 risk is still likely to come, Dr. Mark Escott said, due to strained ICU capacity.