The City of Austin has extended stay at home order made by Austin Mayor Steve Adler until the 11:59 a.m. on May 30, 2020. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has extended the Travis County stay at home order until 11:50 p.m. on June 15, 2020. What does Austin’s shelter in place mean to you. And what’s considered an essential industry and essential travel.
What’s an Essential Industry
You must be considered an employee in an essential industry to work outside your residence. Here’s an overview of who fits into the category.
- Healthcare Employees, including those working Veterinary Offices and Pharmacies
- Grocery Store employees, including Big Box stores
- Farmers and those working in food cultivation, including those working at Farmers Markets
- Social Workers and those working for charitable organizations that provide essential services
- News Media
- Gas Station and Convenience Store along with Auto Repair Services employees
- Financial Institution employees
- Hardware and Building Supply Store employees
- Plumbers and Electricians and those in critical trades for safety and sanitation, including Pool Maintenance technicians
- Mail carriers and package delivery personnel
- Laundry service employees
- Restaurant employees that offer pick-up and delivery
- Office Supply Stores employees
- Employees that work to service critical industries.
- Home healthcare and daycare employees
- Residential shelters and facilities employees including those for pets
- Professional Employees needed to comply with necessary infrastructure
- Information Technology Service employees
- Moving Service employees
- Lodging employees
- Funeral service employees
- Educational employees that facilitate distance learning
- Childcare employees
What’s Essential Travel
Any travel to-and-from essential activities and services is allowed.
- Healthcare appointments and facilities
- Obtaining necessary supplies, including pet food and work-from-home supplies
- Outdoor Activity
- Essential industry commuting
- Care for others.
Face Covering Requirements
People in Austin are required to cover their mouth and nose when outside their residences. This includes all people (10+) conducting essential activities in the City of Austin. The requirements for a face covering include. This includes outdoor activities when social distancing of 6-feet+ can not be adhered.
- Homemade mask
- Scarf worn to cover the face and mouth
What’s Open during this Time
- Healthcare facilities, including mental health facilities
- Groceries stores from independent outlets to the Big Box stores
- Pet Stores
- Convenience Stores and Bodegas
- Gas Stations and Auto Repair Facilities
- Farmers Markets
- Home Improvement Stores
- Office Supply Stores
- Restaurants for delivery and take-out only. All dine-in facilities are closed until May 1, 2020.
- Liquor Stores
What Can You Do Outside
You can still enjoy the outdoors as long as social distancing is observed and the City of Austin parks are open. So you can walk or hike, bike or run. Though many facilities will be closed, like playgrounds, since it’s impossible to observe the 6-foot social distancing requirements.
Closed City of Austin Park Facilities
- Recreation Centers
- Cultural Centers
- Aquatic Centers, including splash pads
- Golf Courses
- Tennis Centers
- Senior Centers
- Special Event Faciliites
- Zilker Botanical Garden
- Zilker Caretaker House
- Old Bakers and Emporium
- Emma Long Metropolitan Park Campsites
If you need more information or need assistance, consult the AustinTexas.gov website for additional information and resources.