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.

COVID-19 Turns the Texas Lege's Routines Upside Down
COVID-19 Turns the Texas Lege's Routines Upside Down
The challenge ahead – how to get back to the business of legislating without staging a superspreader event

Jan. 14, 2021

Convention Center Opens As “Alternate Care Site” For COVID Patients
Convention Center Opens As “Alternate Care Site” For COVID Patients
Downtown field hospital, readied in July, now needed as cases surge

Jan. 12, 2021

Austin ISD Announces All Monday Classes Will Be 100% Remote
Austin ISD Announces All Monday Classes Will Be 100% Remote
Following rare Central Texas snowfall, no in-person instruction

Jan. 10, 2021

COVID-19 Surge Forces Businesses to 50% Occupancy Limits
COVID-19 Surge Forces Businesses to 50% Occupancy Limits
Alternative Care Site at the Convention Center being prepped to open

Jan. 10, 2021

Faster Than Sound: Music Venues React to Stage 5
Faster Than Sound: Music Venues React to Stage 5
New city recommendations halt shows at many venues ahead of New Year's Eve

Jan. 7, 2021

New Year, New Grim Milestones in Austin’s COVID-19 Crisis
New Year, New Grim Milestones in Austin’s COVID-19 Crisis
Amidst an unprecedented surge, Austin could reach ICU surge capacity within the next week

Jan. 7, 2021

A Surprise Gift Boosts Meals on Wheels
A Surprise Gift Boosts Meals on Wheels
MacKenzie Scott offers an $8 million gift

Jan. 7, 2021

Feeling TEA Pressure, AISD Goes Back to Campus
Feeling TEA Pressure, AISD Goes Back to Campus
District would risk losing state funding if it switched to all-virtual instruction

Jan. 7, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: January Travel Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: January Travel Roundup
Remembering 2020 and looking forward to travel in 2021

Jan. 1, 2021

Travis County District Judge Allows Austin’s Dine-in Limitations
Travis County District Judge Allows Austin’s Dine-in Limitations
Update: Texas Supreme Court blocks local dine-in orders

Dec. 31, 2020

Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Most extracurriculars postponed, says Superintendent Elizalde

Dec. 31, 2020

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

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