Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and due to an increase in confirmed cases and hospitalizations, interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott announced that Austin is now under stage 4 coronavirus guidelines.
Stage 4 includes the recommendations for Stage 3 and advises individuals to avoid non-essential travel. Businesses are recommended to operate up to 25-50% capacity.
Austin City Council approved an ordinance creating a public health nuisance if businesses do not comply with minimum public health standards. The ordinance goes into effect Friday, July 10.
The minimum standards include:
- Face coverings required
- Clean and disinfect high touch items twice per day
- Post signage at each entrance
- Limit gatherings to 10 or less
- Maintain distancing of 6 feet
- Conduct a health pre-screening of each worker
- Signage in English and Spanish in general employee area
- Keep toilets clean, sanitary, and operational
- Provide single use disposable towels and no-touch disposal
- Mandate workers wash their hands
- Follow Austin Public Health guidelines for workers who have contracted COVID-19
On Monday, June 22, Mayor Steve Adler released new orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
All individuals and business establishments are ordered to practice the social distancing, hygiene, and face covering behaviors set forth in the Mayor's Orders, unless excepted by the Governor's Executive Order.
On Wednesday, June 17, Mayor Steve Adler released a statement regarding updated orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
"The Governor has now given us a path and we will act consistent with his statement. Wearing masks is important — to our health and to opening up the economy. I have issued the attached supplemental order directing businesses to come up a simple safety plan over the next several days. Austin businesses are great and many of them, if not most, have already done this. During this time, we will transition to a more direct order on masks, working with our business community so our whole city moves forward together and so that everyone can get prepared."