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 to the latest vaccine news.

Cinemas and Coronavirus: How Theaters are Responding
Cinemas and Coronavirus: How Theaters are Responding
New seat layouts, increase hygiene all promised

March 16, 2020

AISD: No Classes Until April 3, Preparing for Distance Learning
AISD: No Classes Until April 3, Preparing for Distance Learning
Schools to provide curbside meals at 14 sites amid COVID-19 concerns

March 16, 2020

José Garza Calls for Jail Changes To Reduce COVID-19 Danger
José Garza Calls for Jail Changes To Reduce COVID-19 Danger
D.A. candidate calls for fewer arrests, more releases

March 16, 2020

Local, State Health Leaders Try to Keep Up with COVID-19
Local, State Health Leaders Try to Keep Up with COVID-19
Six known cases in Travis County but actual number likely higher

March 16, 2020

City of Austin Scales Back on Some Public Services During COVID-19 Outbreak
City Scales Back Some Public Services
Essential services including public safety, utilities continue

March 16, 2020

Mayor Bans Gatherings of 250+ People
Mayor Bans Gatherings of 250+ People
New order aims to slow transmission of COVID-19

March 14, 2020

AISD Board Votes to Give Superintendent Broadened Authority
AISD Board Expands Superintendent's Authority
Resolution lets Cruz take "immediate action" on COVID-19 response

March 14, 2020

The Latest on COVID-19 and Its Effects on Austin
The Latest on COVID-19 and Its Effects on Austin
Our News team's ongoing coverage of events in Austin and Texas

March 13, 2020

Utility Shut-offs, Evictions, Court Dates Suspended Due to Pandemic
Utility Shut-offs, Evictions Suspended
City and county officials aim to soften economic blow of COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Gov. Abbott Announces State of Disaster, Urges Texans Not to Hoard
Abbott Declares State of Disaster
Governor says more facilities will have testing capabilities soon

March 13, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Affect Austinites Without Housing?
COVID-19 Impacts on Homeless Population
For shelters, shutting down is "beyond the worst-case scenario"

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Impacts in Austin
Coronavirus Impacts in Austin
The Austin Chronicle Show on KOOP FM talks COVID-19

March 13, 2020

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

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

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