COVID-19 Coverage

The scope and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily, and so are the plans of local venues and the city as a whole. Below you'll find the breadth of our coverage from show cancellations to city announcements.

You can also find a list of scrapped happenings on our canceled and postponed events page.

Amid Coronavirus, Labor Advocates Call on State to End Attack on Paid Sick Leave
Labor Advocates Call for Paid Sick Leave Reform
Abbott fails to account for millions who can’t just “work from home”

March 13, 2020

Band and Venue Cancellations Adding Up Amid COVID-19 Concerns
Band and Venue Cancellations Adding Up Amid COVID-19 Concerns
Our updated list of music-industry cancellations and closures

March 13, 2020

Local Politicians Call for Voting by Mail
Local Politicians Call for Voting by Mail
Sheryl Cole and Mike Siegel demand “common sense and good policy”

March 13, 2020

Local Election Campaigns Taking Precautions Against Pandemic
Campaign Coronavirus Precautions
Gandhi congressional campaign, others begin changing public plans

March 13, 2020

Austin Area Cancellations and Other COVID-19 Updates
Austin Area Cancellations and Other COVID-19 Updates
Gov. Abbott declares statewide public health disaster

March 13, 2020

Austin Identifies Area's First COVID-19 Cases
Austin Identifies Area's First COVID-19 Cases
Two presumed to be infected pending CDC confirmation

March 13, 2020

Rodeo Austin Announces Cancellation of Events
Rodeo Austin Is Canceled
City and county officials made the call

March 12, 2020

Frank Erwin Center Postpones Shows Indefinitely
Frank Erwin Center Postpones Shows Indefinitely
Plus an extended spring break and more cancellations

March 12, 2020

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Filmmakers
How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Filmmakers
Two filmmakers mourn the big break that didn’t happen

March 12, 2020

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Poster Artists
How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Poster Artists
With gallery shows and Flatstock shuttered, artists look to online to get their posters seen

March 12, 2020

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted the Hideout Theatre
How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted the Hideout Theatre
Comedy theatre mulls the corporate cash influx and concession sales that went away

March 12, 2020

SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Grassroots Austin Music Businesses
SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Grassroots Austin Music Businesses
Coronavirus shutdown impacts all levels of Austin music

March 12, 2020

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Tso Chinese Delivery
How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Tso Chinese Delivery
Catering orders dropped, and anxiety over anti-Asian fears impacting restaurants nationwide

March 12, 2020

The Latest on the Local Actions and Reactions to COVID-19
The Latest on the Local Actions and Reactions to COVID-19
Health officials feel wary but ready

March 12, 2020

We Have an Issue: Brace for Impact
We Have an Issue: Brace for Impact
Either way, COVID-19 is coming. Let's look out for each other.

March 12, 2020

What You Can Do to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus
What You Can Do to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus
CDC’s recommendations for helping prevent spread of respiratory diseases

March 12, 2020

Qmmunity: Austin’s Queer Community Feels Effects of SXSW Cancellation
Qmmunity: Austin’s Queer Community Feels Effects of SXSW Cancellation
Now's the time show local support however you can

March 12, 2020

New Rules on Mass Gatherings in Austin
New Rules on Mass Gatherings in Austin
Checklist developed to assess risk levels associated with public events

March 12, 2020

How and Why the City and County Chose to Cancel SXSW
How and Why the City and County Chose to Cancel SXSW
Striking precarious, if unachievable, balance between protecting public health and avoiding economic calamity

March 12, 2020

Despite the Virus, City Council Has Business to Attend To
Despite the Virus, City Council Has Business to Attend To
Health and home on the agenda

March 12, 2020

ATX6 Makes It to Asia and Back All in One Piece
ATX6 Makes It to Asia and Back All in One Piece
Local music ambassadors “made it in and out just in time”

March 11, 2020

SXSW Lays Off Some 50 Employees After Cancellation of 2020 Festival
SXSW Lays Off Some 50 Employees After Cancellation of 2020 Festival
Senior source says it was the only way to “stop the bleeding”

March 9, 2020

SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Austin’s Grassroots Music Businesses
SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Austin’s Grassroots Music Businesses
Coronavirus shutdown impacts all levels of Austin music

March 6, 2020

SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance
SXSW Cancellation Not Covered by Insurance
Communicable diseases, viruses, and pandemics not part of policy

March 6, 2020

City of Austin Announces Press Conference on COVID-19 and Spring Festival Events
City of Austin Announces Press Conference on COVID-19 and Spring Festival Events
City and County leaders to address SXSW concerns & more at 3:30pm

March 6, 2020

We Have an Issue: Wash Your Damn Hands
We Have an Issue: Wash Your Damn Hands
On SXSW, and coronavirus, and SXSW and coronavirus

March 5, 2020

The Luv Doc: Wash Your Hands
The Luv Doc: Wash Your Hands
The Luv Doc touches his face about a thousand times a day

March 5, 2020

Officials Express Concern, Not Fear, as Austin Events Face Possible Spread of Coronavirus
Officials Express Concern, Not Fear, of Possible Coronavirus
Austin Public Health delivers update on Travis County preparedness

March 4, 2020

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