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.

Update: Ken Paxton Sues Austin Over New Year's Weekend Dine-In Limitations
Update: Ken Paxton Sues Austin Over New Year's Weekend Dine-In Limitations
Texas A.G. blasts COVID-19 orders as “shameless”

Dec. 30, 2020

ProLodges Saves and Changes Some of Austin's Most Vulnerable Lives
ProLodges Saves and Changes Some of Austin's Most Vulnerable Lives
Can the city keep them open?

Dec. 30, 2020

Public Notice: Happy New Year?
Public Notice: Happy New Year?
Surely, 2021 will be an improvement

Dec. 30, 2020

Entering 2021 in a “State of Emergency”
Entering 2021 in a “State of Emergency”
Bars operating as restaurants are officials’ top concern

Dec. 30, 2020

AISD Weighs Keeping Campuses Open After Winter Break
AISD Weighs Keeping Campuses Open After Winter Break
Between a rock and a hard place

Dec. 30, 2020

City Announces Limitations to Dine-In and Drink Service for New Year's and Beyond
City Announces Limitations to Dine-In and Drink Service for New Year's and Beyond
Gov. Abbott pushes back: “This shutdown order by Austin isn’t allowed”

Dec. 29, 2020

Amidst COVID-19 Surge, Austin-Travis County Moves to Stage 5 Restrictions
Amidst COVID-19 Surge, Austin-Travis County Moves to Stage 5 Restrictions
Officials urge extreme caution over holiday break

Dec. 23, 2020

For One Austinite When the Pandemic Closed the Border,  Uzbekistan Rolled Out the Welcome Mat
For One Austinite When the Pandemic Closed the Border, Uzbekistan Rolled Out the Welcome Mat
Jennifer Whiddon reflects on what it was like getting trapped abroad for six months

Dec. 23, 2020

Housing Advocates Demand Relief, Protections as Eviction Crisis Looms
Housing Advocates Demand Relief, Protections as Eviction Crisis Looms
A network of local housing organizations are calling on state leaders to craft a plan for preventing evictions amid the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dec. 23, 2020

COVID at AISD: Union Lodges Grievances as District Plays Hardball
COVID at AISD: Union Lodges Grievances as District Plays Hardball
Education Austin files over 100 grievances on behalf of teachers denied accommodations for spring semester

Dec. 23, 2020

Death Watch: Quiet on Death Row
Death Watch: Quiet on Death Row
Pandemic halts the sputtering execution machine

Dec. 23, 2020

A COVID-Cautious Christmas
A COVID-Cautious Christmas
Officials urge vigilance as more health workers receive vaccine

Dec. 23, 2020

Robert Faires' Top 10 Works That Spoke to Me About 2020
Robert Faires' Top 10 Works That Spoke to Me About 2020
Throughout 2020, performances and books seemed to contain messages about the year – its trials, its traumas, and its echoes in history

Dec. 17, 2020

Ten Key Moments in Austin's Year With the Coronavirus
Ten Key Moments in Austin's Year With the Coronavirus
The Plague Year

Dec. 17, 2020

Day Trips: Ten Ways the Pandemic Affected Daytrippers
Day Trips: Ten Ways the Pandemic Affected Daytrippers

Dec. 17, 2020

UT Health Austin Among First in Texas to Receive Pfizer Vaccine
UT Health Austin Among First in Texas to Receive Pfizer Vaccine
But health officials issue dire warning about current transmission rates

Dec. 17, 2020

First COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Austin
First COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Austin
UT Health Austin among first in Texas to receive Pfizer vaccine

Dec. 15, 2020

Council Recap: Clearing the Decks for 2021 in a City That Never Stops Growing
Council Recap: Clearing the Decks for 2021 in a City That Never Stops Growing
Zoning, housing, and COVID relief dominate year's final meeting

Dec. 11, 2020

Austin at Large: Yup, He Goofed! Now What?
Austin at Large: Yup, He Goofed! Now What?
For Austin’s own good, we may want to patch up that hole Steve Adler shot in his foot

Dec. 10, 2020

Scarce COVID Vaccine for Health Workers on Its Way to Austin
Scarce COVID Vaccine for Health Workers on Its Way to Austin
The Austin area should receive 13,650 initial doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week

Dec. 10, 2020

Volunteer Program May Help Teachers With COVID-19 Risks
Volunteer Program May Help Teachers With COVID-19 Risks
Union and district close to finalizing a program allowing more teachers at some campuses to stay home

Dec. 10, 2020

Sellers Underground Closes Permanently
Sellers Underground Closes Permanently
Downtown bar is Austin's second gay bar to close because of the pandemic

Dec. 7, 2020

Black Star Co-Op Talks Collaboration During COVID and 10 Years of Brewing
Black Star Co-Op Talks Collaboration During COVID and 10 Years of Brewing
The state of an Austin beer mainstay

Dec. 3, 2020

Council to Finalize Aid Programs for COVID-Hit Businesses
Council to Finalize Aid Programs for COVID-Hit Businesses
Ready for relief

Dec. 3, 2020

Austin Trail of Lights ... Through the Windshield
Austin Trail of Lights ... Through the Windshield
Zilker holiday tradition adapts to COVID-19 by embracing a drive-through experience

Dec. 3, 2020

High School Sophomore Fundraises to Feed Hungry Students
High School Sophomore Fundraises to Feed Hungry Students
Many students are especially food insecure during pandemic holidays

Nov. 25, 2020

Paramedic Amber Price Cares for Austin's Most Vulnerable Populations
Paramedic Amber Price Cares for Austin's Most Vulnerable Populations

Nov. 25, 2020

Dr. Mark Escott Has Been the Friendly Face of the City's Response to COVID-19
Dr. Mark Escott Has Been the Friendly Face of the City's Response to COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020

Stage 4 Risk of COVID-19 Shapes Austin's Holiday
Stage 4 Risk of COVID-19 Shapes Austin's Holiday
No-virus November

Nov. 25, 2020

Amidst “Catastrophic Surge,” Austin Moves to Stage 4 of COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines
Amidst “Catastrophic Surge,” Austin Moves to Stage 4 of COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines
Escott: “We have reached another critical moment”

Nov. 19, 2020

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