Masks no longer required in Georgetown city facilities; Chili's opens in Four Points and more Central Texas news

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Georgetown

Masks will no longer be required in Georgetown city facilities

Starting May 17, masks will no longer be required in Georgetown city facilities but only encouraged, per City Council direction during its regular meeting May 11.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle



Big Rob's Burgers opens new Kyle location

Big Rob's Burgers began serving customers May 5 in The Bread Basket convenience store at 1290 Bebee Road, Kyle. The shop sells quarter-pound burgers served on Hawaiian buns, and popular appetizers include the fried pickles and fried mushrooms.

Louie's Craft BBQ announces brick-and-mortar location in Buda in early 2022

Louie’s first opened in Buda in 2019, and aside from brisket, pulled pork, sausage and ribs, serves sandwiches and various types of loaded potatoes.

Northwest Austin

Chili's Grill & Bar opens newest Austin restaurant in Four Points area

Chili’s Grill & Bar in late April opened its newest Austin location at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 2, Austin, in the Four Points area. This Chili’s location offers curbside pickup service, delivery through Doordash and alcohol to go.

Leander-Cedar Park

Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences closing Leander bookshop

Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences will close its Leander shop May 13 and relocate the bookstore to Denton, according to owners Joe and Diane Mayes.

Statewide

Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

On May 12, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 1024, which allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go.

Claire Shoop, Fernanda Figueroa, Brian Rash, Warren Brown, Iain Oldman and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

With more information available to the district than in fall 2020, the fall 2021 guidelines are slightly different than previous guidance regarding COVID-19. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD releases updated COVID-19 safety guidelines

Round Rock ISD releases updated COVID-19 safety guidelines ahead of the fall 2021 semester, which starts Aug. 18.

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Photo of medical professions in a hospital
Health officials warn ICU space is critically low as Travis County sees its 900th COVID-19 death

As the delta variant drives transmission rates up, local hospital systems warn that ICUs are strained.

At Blue Gecko, a Texas Taco comes with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese and bacon. (Courtesy Blue Gecko)
New taco spot opens in Four Points; roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including news on when Lou Neff Road will open in Central Austin.

TheraWave Vibrant Wellness is located at 1616 Williams Drive, Ste. 107, Georgetown. (Courtesy TheraWave Vibrant Wellness)
TheraWave Vibrant Wellness now open in Georgetown

The business is focused on offering pulsed electro-magnetic frequency therapy.

The delta variant has now been confirmed in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Comal County reports more than 490 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 during the week of July 26 as two local cases of delta variant are confirmed

Since July 26, Comal County has reported a total of 492 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. It is the highest number of weekly reported cases since the week of January 25.

Williamson County data shows there are only 2% of intensive care unit beds available for coronavirus hospitalizations. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County drops to 13 available ICU beds as coronavirus cases climb

County data shows there are only 2% of intensive care unit beds available for coronavirus hospitalizations.

The Oaks at Slaughter development will have several new businesses opening by the end of 2021. (Deeda Lovett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shopping coming to Congress Ave.; Pflugerville preps tract near Living Spaces and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area, including news on four businesses coming to Hutto.

Round Rock ISD released enrollment information for its virtual learning program July 29. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD releases virtual learning enrollment information

Round Rock ISD released enrollment information for its fall 2021 virtual learning program July 29.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

Read the latest business and education news from the Central Texas area.