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City extends emergency rules until Dec. 15

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Tai Moses

The city of Austin has extended its Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe Order until Dec. 15 “in an effort to continue slowing the rate of new Covid-19 cases as businesses gradually reopen.” The new Aug. 14 order “maintains construction and other worksite requirements established in previous orders and includes penalties for violations. Among other continuing requirements, face coverings and physical distancing remain mandatory, and gatherings of more than 10 people are generally prohibited, with some exceptions.” The city goes on to add that “these orders extend deadlines and expiration dates until March 15, 2021, for a number of development-related activities, including site plans, subdivisions, zoning, and building permits, unless the actual deadline or expiration date is later. The order also includes some options related to permitting for businesses that repurpose their manufacturing operations for materials such as ventilators, masks, personal protective equipment, or other supplies necessary for Healthcare Operations and Critical Infrastructure.” Learn more about the city’s construction requirements here.

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