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Austin and Travis County extend stay-at-home orders

Monday, August 17, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

In disheartening but expected news, the city of Austin and Travis County have extended stay-at-home guidelines designed to curb the spread of Covid-19 through Dec. 15. “We are not out of the woods,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a news release about the extensions. “Covid-19 infectivity is still too high – especially in the Hispanic community. We need to work together to get infectivity down across our entire city. If we want to stay safe and reopen, we must keep social distancing, washing our hands and wearing our masks.” The new order extends face-covering and social distancing requirements and limitations on social gatherings. In addition, the city guidelines extend development applications until March 15, 2021, and nursing home standards now comply with new state guidelines that permit some visitors. Significantly, the Austin order establishes parameters for school instruction, and standards for in-person learning that comply with the Texas Education Agency funding. Those standards are detailed in this chart:

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