Austin Follows Big Texas City Suit, Closing Bars and Limiting Restaurants
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Once we saw Dallas and Houston close their bars, we knew it would be a matter of time before Austin followed suit. Surprisingly, Monday night went by socially without a hitch across the ATX. Bars were less packed, but indeed had a steady trail of clientale Then, around noon on Tuesday March 17th, the announcement came down.
Austin-Travis County is closing bars + suspending dine-in service at restaurants for 6 weeks under new Orders aimed at slowing the spread of #COVID19. These Orders went into effect at noon today, Mar. 17, and last until at least May 1.‼️ More info: https://t.co/EpW1O7YrIg(1/4) pic.twitter.com/9RDCQ10mSk
So at minimum, we are looking at May 1st for things to return to normal on the bar/restaurant scene. We are bracing for longer.
Also, gatherings of 10 or more people will be prohibited, in the city's efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt made the announcement at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. For more info, visit our sister station by clicking this link.