GALLERY: Communities from Lake Travis to Westlake continue to shelter in place

The Pennybacker Bridge sits almost empty at 2 p.m. on March 27. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Pennybacker Bridge sits almost empty at 2 p.m. on March 27. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Pennybacker Bridge sits almost empty at 2 p.m. on March 27. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Randalls in the West Lake Hills area saw an empty produce section on March 16. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Central Park's playground in Bee Cave was unused on March 27. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The frozen section at Trader Joe's in Rollingwood appears relatively empty on March 16 at 12:30 p.m. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Rollingwood's Trader Joe's location displays a sign March 16 highlighting the store's adjusted hours. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The clothing store Tyler's temporarily closeed its West Lake Hills location. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Randalls in West Lake Hills experience empty shelves March 16. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Paper products such as tissues and toilet paper were temporarily out of stock on March 16 at the Randalls in West Lake Hills. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Shoppers stand in line 6 feet apart from each other at Rollingwood's Trader Joe's. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Hill Country Galleria's main plaza was relatively empty on March 26 at 12:30 p.m. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Construction on Lake Travis ISD's new campus, Rough Hollow Elementary School, continues and is still expected to open for the 2020-21 school year. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lake Travis ISD extended its school closure until May 4 following recommendations by Gov. Greg Abbott. (Brian Rash/Community Imapct Newspaper)
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Three residents utilize Bee Cave's Central Park basketball court on March 27 at 12:51 p.m. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lake Travis ISD continues to offer free packaged meals at the district's three middle school campuses. (Courtesy Marco Alvarado)
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Paper products such as tissues and toilet paper were temporarily out of stock on March 16 at the Randalls in West Lake Hills. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Normally, April in the Lake Travis-Westlake area would bring about a number of festivities: Bee Cave’s mighty kite flight, Concordia University’s nature fest, Lakeway’s annual sing along and the anticipated Lake Travis Springfest—all of which have been either canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travis County and the city of Austin issued a shelter-in-place order March 24, dictating individuals should remain in their places of residence except to conduct essential activities.



On the morning of April 7, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all state parks and historical sites will temporarily close.

Lake Travis ISD and Eanes ISD are continuing districtwide closures as students engage in a new remote learning platform.

As residents continue to shelter in place and businesses temporarily close their doors, Lake Travis-Westlake residents are practicing social distancing and adjusting to the new normal. Here is a photo gallery depicting a snapshot of what the area looks like during the coronavirus outbreak.



MOST RECENT

COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
88 new coronavirus cases in Travis County on June 1 set single-day high

COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased to 97 in the Austin metro.

Protesters and Texas Rangers stood face to face during demonstrations at the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
National, state, local officials continue to blame outside agitators for turning protests violent over the weekend

As violence erupted in Austin and cities across the country over the weekend, leaders from all ranks said outside groups usurped the demonstrations and turned them chaotic.

Businesses shuttering their doors due to coronavirus restrictions lowered the sales tax revenue collected by cities in May compared to May 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas comptroller reports 13.2% year-over-year state sales tax revenue drop in May

Tax collection revenue fell significantly in several sectors from May 2019 to May 2020, according to the comptroller's office.

Bull Creek
Study finds municipal water runoff responsible for more than half of stream flow in parts of Bull Creek

A recent study found municipal water sources, such as irrigation runoff or wastewater leakage, account for at least half of Bull Creek’s stream flow in some urban areas.

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster in Texas on May 31, while various city officials and law enforcment responded to protests and violence over the weekend.

A group of 16 mayors from municipalities within Travis County have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting a per capita approach to the issue of COVID-19 relief funding. (Screenshot courtesy Kara King)
Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.

Domino's opened a new location in Bee Cave (Courtesy Domino's)
New Domino's Pizza location opens in Bee Cave

A new Domino's Pizza location has opened in the Bee Cave area.

Protesters march toward the Texas Capitol. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
PHOTOS: Demonstrators gathered in front of the Texas Capitol as protests against police brutality continued nationwide

Protests against the killings of Goerge Floyd and Michael Ramos took place throughout the weekend in Austin.

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Weekend update: Austin metro coronavirus hospitalizations drop to lowest level since April 28

There have been 1,168 coronavirus recoveries in the county since mid-March, and active cases in Travis County are estimate at 2,011.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Texas Capitol on Sunday, May 31, to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Concerns over violence from outside groups force organizers to cancel ‘Justice for them All’ protest at Texas Capitol; demonstrations persist downtown

Demonstrations occured across the nation to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

Austin City Hall (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
Some on Austin City Council want more of its $272 million coronavirus relief package to go to residents in need

City Council will determine how much to put toward direct financial assistance at its June 4 meeting.

Candidates in the Senate District 14 special election responded to Community Impact Newspaper's questions about their campaigns to fill the vacant seat in the Texas Senate. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Senate District 14 candidates discuss the issues ahead of July 14 election

There are six candidates running in the special election to fill the seat of former Sen. Kirk Watson through 2022.