Austin Texas COVID-19 Update:
What you can do. Donate to Central Texas Food Bank. Every dollar provides 4 meals. DONATE HERE.
May 1: Am I Supposed to Wear a Mask in Public? (read more)
Its not required in Texas and you can’t be penalized with fines or jail time. According to Gov. Abbott you are encouraged to wear one, but no jurisdiction can force you to.
Stay at home orders to end April 30. More stores to open. (watch KVUE)
During the press conference, the governor announced the stay-at-home executive order will expire on April 30 and will not be renewed at this time. Gov. Abbott also announced the opening of several types of businesses that will be able to re-open on May 1.
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Retail services that are not essential can provide delivery, mail or pick-up options. Hair salons remain closed and shopping inside non-essential businesses is not part of this phase of the plan, but Abbott tweeted Wednesday that should be coming soon.
Texas Department of State Health Services set several guidelines for customers and employees to follow.
Guidelines For employees:
- Trained on disinfection and hand hygiene
- Must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming into the business
- Required to wash or sanitize hands when entering the business
- Must wear a face covering
- Must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another
- Required to wash hands after each customer interaction
- Must disinfect anything that came into contact with a customer
Guidelines For customers:
- Not allowed to enter businesses
- Payments done over the phone or online to minimize contact
- Items delivered to the backseat or trunk of a car
- Should wash or sanitize hands after the transaction
As of April 17, 2020:
- Schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school..
- Parks will open on Monday, April 20
- Thank God, on April 22, restrictions on surgeries and other medical procedures will be lifted.
- April 24, retail stores will open with curbside pickup like restaurants have done.
- Abbott says there will be more announcements about more businesses opening on April 27 and in May, if the numbers of COVID infections and hospitalizations remain low.
As of April 7, 2020: Here’s what you need to know.
Anyone traveling from Louisiana into Texas must self quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted by Abbott’s order. Additionally, the governor has previously said anyone flying into Texas from the tri-state area, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago or Detroit must self quarantine.
Why cloth face coverings are recommended at this time:
- Recent studies show that people with COVID-19 can have no symptoms or mild symptoms and still spread the virus. We are learning more and that’s why we have this new recommendation.
- Face coverings decrease how many droplets we release when we speak, cough, or sneeze.
- Whenever we forcefully exhale, we release droplets.
- Face coverings are intended to protect others.
- What you should know: Masks will not keep you from getting COVID-19, but it will keep sick people from spreading it.
March 31, 2020. Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to “minimize” nonessential activity outside their homes
March 24, 2020. In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Austin has issued an order that requires most people to stay at home and requires many “non-essential” businesses to close.
The order went into effect Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (and will last until at least April 13).
RESTART CBD retail shop is closed. However, we are processing online orders and we usually ship same day depending on when you place your order (New Curbside pick up with Limited hours).
We hope you’re staying safe and hanging in as best you can. Austin is pretty much shut down so we’re maintaining caution. Our amazing team is continuing to process online orders to make sure you have the best CBD products to keep your body safe and healthy.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus that was first detected at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. An outbreak of the disease, which can be deadly, has led to travel restrictions, restaurants and bars closing, quarantines and cancellations of major events like South by Southwest.
COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person or through contaminated surfaces.
- shortness of breath
The CDC says people can take preventative measures like washing hands frequently, staying home when sick and covering sneezes and coughs. A vaccine or drug is currently not available.
What you can’t do.
- All public and private gatherings outside of a house are prohibited. Members of the same household are not prohibited from gathering.
- All travel, unless for a few specific reasons, is banned.
- How to Protect yourself
What you can do.
- Health and safety: going to the doctor, taking a pet to the vet, etc.
- Necessary services or supplies: getting supplies or groceries, etc.
- Outdoor activities: Walking, running, biking or hiking – as long as you’re at least 6 feet from anyone else and comply with social distancing requirements.
- Go to work: If you work at “essential businesses” (Government or critical infrastructure can go out).
- Care for someone else: traveling to care for another person or a pet is okay.
Essential Businesses Include:
- Health care providers (doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies)
- Grocery stores, liquor stores, food banks and big box stores.
- Farm and livestock operations
- Charities and Social services
- News media
- Gas stations, car dealers, auto repair shops
- Insurance companies, banks, credit unions
- Home improvement and hardware stores
- Electricians, plumbers and pool cleaners
- Mail, shipping services
- Laundromats, dry cleaners
- Restaurants (delivery or takeout only)
- Food delivery services
- Transportation services
- Home care services for children, seniors, adults
- Residential facilities and shelters
- Legal, real estate, accounting services
- IT services
- Moving companies
- Hotels, motels
- Funeral services
- Educational institutions (distance learning or performing critical research)
- Childcare services — or groups of 10 or fewer that are the same group of kids every day
View this table to help better understand the impact of Orders on specific businesses. These regulations are subject to change and businesses should check back regularly for updates.
Police, code enforcement and the fire marshal can enforce the order. Anyone who is caught violating Austin’s order faces a fine of no more than $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail.
- Austin Community Resources
- CDC Updates “The CDC says 80% of coronavirus deaths in the United States are associated with people over the age of 65.”
2018-2019 Flu Season: CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season. This burden was similar to estimated burden during the 2012–2013 influenza season1.
In Austin today 3/27/2020
- Confirmed cases in Austin/Travis County: 160
- Deaths in Travis County: 1 (The first Travis County patient in her 70s has died from the coronavirus. The woman had significant underlying health conditions, APH said. The city said it would not release any additional information on the woman.) Condolences to the family!
- What should I do if I think I have the coronavirus? If you are experiencing symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your health care provider. Do not go to a health care facility first.
- If you are uninsured and/or don’t have a doctor: call CommUnityCare at 512-978-8775. CommUnityCare will talk to you over the phone and send you to the appropriate location.
- Q&A: Your coronavirus questions answered by a panel of experts
- How to get help (and help) in Austin
Economic firm estimate puts Austin’s job losses at 77,000
An economic forecast suggests Austin could lose as many as 77,000 jobs as a result of COVID-19.
The Perryman Group analysis suggests economic losses in the Austin area could eclipse $6.4 billion as a result of the economic shutdown caused by the pandemic. Statewide, the firm projects Texas could see more than $100 billion in losses because of COVID-19 and the cratering of the oil market.
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