GALLERY: 11 photos of Hutto during stay-at-home orders

East Street was empty on a Tuesday at noon. All nonessential businesses remain closed at this time, and residents have been ordered to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
East Street was empty on a Tuesday at noon. All nonessential businesses remain closed at this time, and residents have been ordered to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

East Street was empty on a Tuesday at noon. All nonessential businesses remain closed at this time, and residents have been ordered to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A message painted on the windows of East Social House reads "all in this together." (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tables and chairs are stacked against the windows inside The Downtown Hall of Fame. The dine-in portion of the restaurant is temporarily closed per state mandate, but customers can order food for delivery and takeout at this time. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With construction deemed an essential business, work progresses on the Co-Op District. The installation of wayfinding signage, landscaping and building construction was underway April 21. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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In an effort to remain in business amid COVID-19 restrictions, East Social House is now offering a selection of groceries in addition to coffee and light bites to go. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mario's Mexican Restaurant is open for to-go orders at this time. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Construction continues on Townwest Commons near Starbucks on Hwy. 79. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Downtown businesses have placed signage on windows, doors and easels to let customers know their current operating procedures during the pandemic. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Live Oak Street improvement project continues in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Downtown Hutto, near the Texan Cafe and The Downtown Hall of Fame, is quiet with residents ordered to stay at home. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lunchtime in downtown Hutto is typically marked by a smattering of cars parked along East and Farley Streets, patrons strolling into the Texan Cafe, The Downtown Hall of Fame or grabbing coffee at East Social House. But now, on a Tuesday at noon amid the coronavirus pandemic, the streets are empty.

All nonessential businesses have been closed for weeks. Residents have been ordered to stay at home. Schools are closed for the remainder of the spring semester.


With Hutto residents working, studying and staying put within their homes, here is a photo gallery that gives a snapshot of what the city looks like with the countywide and statewide orders in effect.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.