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Austin moves to Stage 4 guidelines

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin was downgraded to Stage 4 of Austin Public Health’s Covid-19 Risk-Based Guidelines on Monday. Though the change represents a decrease in severity of the pandemic locally, the health department still urges caution. According to the city, the current recommendations include:

  • Higher-risk individuals (those over the age of 65 and those who have chronic medical conditions) should stay home, except for essential trips such as buying groceries or seeking medical care.
  • Lower-risk individuals should avoid social gatherings, any gatherings greater than 10 people, and non-essential travel.
  • Businesses and restaurants voluntarily operate at a reduced capacity of 25-50 percent.
  • Schools voluntarily limit attendance at sporting events to players, coaches and parents.

Austin moved into Stage 5 on Dec. 23, 2020, after a spike in cases spurred by holiday gatherings. More information and updates about the pandemic can be found at “As the pace of vaccinations hopefully continues to rise and people continue to stay safe, we can keep moving this community in a positive direction,” APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard said.

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