6:16 PM Mar 27, 2020 CDT

Will they or won’t they? Austin restaurants split on when to open during coronavirus pandemic

While some restaurants have bunkered down to open at later dates, some Austin restaurants are moving forward with service.


3:54 PM Mar 26, 2020 CDT

Desert Door distilling produces, donates over 1,200 gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders, residents

The majority of sanitizer has since been donated to over 30 different first responders departments across Central Texas.

All Capital Metro fares will be free throughout April

Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the farebox.



Coronavirus update: There are now 200 confirmed cases in the city of Austin, Travis County

The Travis County clerk's office will close its lobbies to the public beginning March 24.


Residents have reported 180 violations since Austin area's stay-at-home order went into effect

No penalties have been issued since the order went into effect March 25.


First Travis County resident dies from coronavirus

According to public health officials, the woman was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions.


Here is the latest news on stay-at-home orders across the Austin area

Find out if your locale is sheltering in place or what legal consequences the coronavirus is creating in the stories below.



Texas Tribune: Many Texans in Congress scrambled to join vote as US House passes coronavirus spending bill

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.


Dripping Springs residents pool efforts to create masks for the Austin area with Make-a-Mask Austin

A Dripping Springs medical administrator drafted people from near and far to make sewn masks for staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Austin economic relief efforts underway for renters, workers and small businesses following series of City Council approvals

Council members said the approvals represent only the start of coronavirus relief work coming from the city.



ABoR ‘strongly discourages’ real estate showings

The Austin Board of Realtors is recommending all of its realtor members suspend in-person real estate showings until further notice.


Central Texas officials: 90% reduction in interaction needs to happen immediately

New modeling from UT shows region could run out of hospital beds without reducing interaction.


Dripping Springs ISD extends school closures in response to Hays County stay-home order

Dripping Springs ISD has extended virtual learning in response to Hays County's shelter-in-place order.


The Texas Tribune: Students no longer need to be present to pick up free meals from schools

After pleas from Texas school superintendents and lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted school districts more flexibility on how and what they feed students in free and reduced-price meals.



Austin-based company reports health insurance applications up more than 30% over past two weeks

Freelancers and independently contracted workers in Austin are flocking to the health insurance market to buy coverage, new numbers show.


President Trump declares major disaster in Texas due to coronavirus

The declaration came as several Texas cities, including Houston, have issued stay-at-home orders.


University of Texas will hold commencement ceremonies virtually

An in-person commencement ceremony will be held on an undetermined date later this year.


Residents asked to stay off Butler Hike and Bike Trail to slow spread of coronavirus

The Trail Foundation said some narrow parts of the trail make it impossible for users to maintain a safe distance from others.



Coronavirus update: Austin ISD classes canceled through at least April 10

Austin ISD school campuses will be closed through at least April 13 due to Austin and Travis County’s stay-at-home order.


Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt set to pass baton to interim replacement Sam Biscoe on May 13

Eckhardt resigned March 10 but will continue in her position until May 13 to help the county navigate COVID-19.


LIVE UPDATES: Learn what Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs restaurants are doing to stay open

Southwest Austin restaurants like Cypress Grill—which is now offering delivery service—have continued operations and come up with new ways to serve local customers.


Texas brewers ask state for regulatory waivers as on-site taproom sales disappear overnight

Local breweries are facing declining revenues with taproom closures and shelter-in-place orders. One advocacy group is petitioning the governor to relax state rules to help.



Austin CommUnityCare clinics adjust service to increase safety amid pandemic

CommUnityCare Health Centers announced it is offering new services to increase efficiency and safety throughout its Austin clinics.


New projects converting St. Elmo district into modern neighborhood

The St. Elmo district has added more than 50 new businesses and 160 multifamily units in just four years.