Picturing Georgetown: A look back at 2020 photo galleries

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Here is a look at some of the most memorable events in Georgetown in 2020. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

A lot has happened in 2020. The city shut down due to the novel coronavirus, but events adapted, and celebrations still occurred. Here is a look at some of the most memorable events in Georgetown in 2020.

GALLERY: 27 photos of Georgetown in midst of 'Stay Safe Stay Home' order

On March 24, the Williamson County "Stay Safe Stay Home" order closed most college campuses, stores and restaurants in the area, issuing requirements that individuals only leave their homes for essential trips to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

PHOTOS: Georgetown's Field of Honor sees success despite pandemic-related changes

Field of Honor in Georgetown adapted to pandemic challenges for its fourth annual event to honor veterans, first responders and other community heroes.

PHOTOS: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock with a bang

Families gathered outside as a full fireworks display lit up the sky commemorating the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Round Rock on Nov. 14. While Kalahari is not located in Georgetown, it will likely impact the city with new jobs available to Georgetown residents.

GALLERY: Students shine at annual Georgetown ISD State of the District

Approached by interested community members and district faculty, students of all ages gave presentations about programs, clubs and projects they are involved on at the annual Georgetown ISD State of the District event Feb. 7.

GALLERY: Nearly two dozen protestors meet in front of Williamson County courthouse for removal of Confederate statue

About two dozen people gathered in front of the Williamson County courthouse June 18 to protest the Confederate statue that stands in front of the building. To counter, about 10 members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stood in favor of the statue remaining in its place.

GALLERY: Check out these artworks by students of The Georgetown Project

Students of The Georgetown Project’s NEST Empowerment Center continue to display their talents at the center as they learn from a distance.

GALLERY: Georgetown ISD celebrates seniors in parade through downtown

Georgetown ISD celebrated seniors whose high school careers were cut short due to the coronavirus May 29.

PHOTOS: Football is back on the field for Georgetown ISD

Georgetown ISD kicked off its 2020 football season with a series of scrimmage games between Georgetown High School's and East View High School's freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams Sept. 18.

PHOTOS: Dozens of cars create a caravan in 'Justice for Javier Ambler' fight Aug. 15

Dozens of cars filled San Gabriel Park in Georgetown Aug. 15 to honor the life of and fight for justice for Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in Williamson County Sheriff’s Office custody in 2019.

By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


Georgetown officials have estimated the cost for energy during the storm to be between $45 million-$50 million. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown to issue $47.8M in debt to pay Texas winter storm energy costs

Georgetown officials have estimated the cost for energy during the storm to be between $45 million-$50 million.

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.

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.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

Code Ninjas plans to open in March in Georgetown. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Code Ninjas coming to Georgetown

Code Ninjas teaches computer science to children ages 7-17.

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.

The Candlewood Suites hotel is located at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Williamson County hires San Antonio law firm in Austin hotel for homeless housing

Williamson County has not yet taken any formal legal action.