Tag Archives: COVID-19

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council boosts direct economic aid in spending plan for federal Covid-19 money

The city will move more of its federal aid for Covid-19 relief toward direct assistance for residents, with a total of $70 million now dedicated to rental relief, food aid and direct payments to individuals.City Council approved a resolution Thursday…

Friday, June 5, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council opens public right-of-way for safe business with amended special events pilot

City Council approved a pilot program Thursday that will allow restaurants, bars and shops to use private and public parking spaces, sidewalks and streets to serve customers at a safe distance.The Shop the Block! pilot builds upon the city’s special…

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Amid criticism, Music Commission looks to revise eligibility for $1.5M grant program

Members of the Music Commission will begin pushing for the city to relax the application process for those applying for a $1.5 million grant program created to assist musicians facing hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic.On Wednesday the commission heard…

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Public Health to address health inequity in response to Covid-19

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden told City Council Tuesday that the city needs to address the vast inequities and social determinants of health – things like jobs, housing and health services – that have concentrated Covid-19’s impact upon poor…

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

‘Smart cities’ advocates see Covid-19 policies as opportunity for change in Austin

As city leaders work to make progress with a number of programs quickly created to alleviate the effects of the pandemic, members of local urbanism and “smart cities” groups say the wave of public policy moves could help to advance…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council members stake out priorities for federal Covid-19 aid ahead of vote next week

City Council will vote next week on the plan for spending federal money devoted to pandemic relief, anticipating significant changes from the initial outline presented by staff on Thursday.During a special meeting dedicated to allocating federal dollars – much of…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Andrew Weber

Austin leaders encourage peer pressure to get folks to wear face masks and avoid crowding spaces

Austin and Travis County officials are urging people to wear face coverings and to avoid large gatherings as the city and the state reopen for business.If that refrain sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve heard the song and it bears repeating,…

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County considers direct financial allocations to smaller cities

Twenty-one municipalities in Travis County did not receive direct allocations of financial assistance either from the state or the federal government to help temper the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. To help fund relief efforts for their residents, those…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Water parks, adult sports programs, mall food courts can reopen this month

Water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs and food-court dining areas in malls can reopen this month with certain occupancy restrictions and health protocols, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.Water parks can open at 25 percent occupancy starting…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin History Center chronicles the pandemic

The Austin History Center is a treasure trove of posters, books, photographs, and records from across the city’s history. And while the center is currently shuttered due to Covid-19, it is still doing the work of collecting records of the…

Friday, May 22, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council pushes for economic development body to lead purchase, preservation of venue spaces

City Council is pushing staff to act this summer to create an economic development corporation that could be used to preserve and acquire real estate properties to be used for cultural arts events and meeting space.That body, possibly in tandem…

Friday, May 22, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves $6.9M in agreements for remaining RISE funds

City Council doled out nearly $6.9 million to 12 social services organizations in a unanimous vote Thursday, spending the remainder of the $15 million Relief in a State of Emergency, or RISE, fund approved by Council on April 9.Mayor Pro…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City outlines $270M coronavirus response

The city’s budget office has landed on a provisional Covid-19 spending plan to manage the ongoing public health crisis and provide vulnerable residents, professionals and businesses with the financial support to survive.The $270.1 million framework features $37.9 million for medical…

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Ahead of Abbott’s reopening, Council members urge state to address Covid-19 in East Austin

Ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s moves on Monday to allow more Texas businesses to reopen and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, four members of City Council representing East Austin urged the state to do more to protect vulnerable communities from…

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by Jimmy Maas

Austin construction workers to receive thousands of donated masks

Thousands of masks are on their way to construction workers in the Austin area.The 100,000 masks were donated Monday by the Austin Emergency Supply Foundation, a new nonprofit composed of business leaders with specific medical supply and logistics expertise.“Coronavirus has…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Texas Supreme Court order doesn’t nullify Austin’s eviction protections

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that eviction proceedings and debt collections, which have been paused during the Covid-19 pandemic, can once again move forward. But that doesn’t mean eviction proceedings will go forward in Austin any time soon.On…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County plans for 75% of eligible county employees to telework permanently

Currently, 2,300 employees of Travis County telecommute to their jobs. Most of these newly minted teleworkers started working from home following the Stay Home-Work Safe orders issued by the city and county on March 24.Now the county is exploring ways…

Monday, May 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Tech leaders look at access, diversity demands caused by Covid-19

With the Covid-19 pandemic reshaping much of the world economy, leaders in the Austin technology industry are looking at how startups and established companies should change the way they hire and interact with communities, especially around the issue of diversity…

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City to pursue strategy protecting at-risk workers from Covid-19 threat

The city is expected to begin assembling a strategy to limit the spread of Covid-19 among at-risk workers with high rates of contact with the public, including those in jobs that have restarted following state government moves to reopen the…

Friday, May 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County approves nursing home emergency staffing

People who live or work in nursing homes and senior living centers are some of the hardest hit by Covid-19. Austin Public Health has said both staff and residents are particularly vulnerable to the virus with 17 percent of the…

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