PHOTOS: Life In Austin During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 19, 2020

KUT's photographers are documenting the changes to daily life that a pandemic has brought to the Austin area — from a safe distance.

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See more photos from KUT photographers Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Gabriel C. Pérez, Julia Reihs and Michael Minasi on our Flickr page. Do you have a news tip? Email us at news@KUT.org.

Customers crowd picnic tables outside Lazarus Brewing Company on the first day bars are allowed to reopen in Texas.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Stasia Erickson busks on South Congress on May 22.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Glen Kruth puts on gloves before making a sandwich for a customer at Dive Bar and Lounge on May 21. Despite being allowed to reopen, the bar is sticking to takeout for now.
Credit Michael Minasi / KUT

  

Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Austin in a salute to essential workers on May 13.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Neighbors listen to a free concert in the front yard of a Northwest Austin home on May 2.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Shops in the Domain began reopening May 1 as the state moved into phase one of Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen the Texas economy.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT
Police arrest activists following a May 1 demonstration on I-35 to demand rent relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
A worker directs traffic lining up for food from the Central Texas Food Bank at the Toney Burger Center in South Austin on April 30.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Passersby take photos of murals on boarded-up bars and restaurants along Sixth Street.

Firefighters don face masks April 20 as they await a procession for a San Marcos police officer who was killed responding to a domestic violence call. The procession was rerouted.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Protesters rally outside the governor's mansion on April 16, demanding that the state be reopened.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT
Jeff Levine puts a face mask over the statute of Stevie Ray Vaughn at Auditorium Shores on April 16.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
People look out from their balconies in a residential building in downtown Austin on April 7.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Rent strike flyers are posted in the Cherrywood neighborhood on April 10.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Portable bathrooms and hand washing stations were installed near a camp for people experiencing homelessness in South Austin during the pandemic.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Caution tape surrounds playground equipment at McKinney Heights Park in South Austin. Park amenities in Austin were closed on March 28 to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
A man wears a bandana over his face while fishing at Mueller Lake Park on March 27.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Tables at a food truck court have been turned over to prevent customers from eating on-site.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
A United State Postal Service employee delivers mail while wearing a mask and gloves on March 27.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez C. Pérez / KUT
The parking lot of the Highland Lanes bowling alley in North Austin is empty on March 27.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A man reads a book in a hammock in Blunn Creek Nature Preserve in South Austin on March 29.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Holly McDaniel with Austin Diaper Bank distributes free diapers to families March 27.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Joni Watkins and Matt Umberger sew masks to donate to health care workers, on the porch of their South Austin home.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT
Zach Volta, chef at Casino El Camino, spray paints the boarded-up window on the front of the Sixth Street restaurant as his coworkers watch March 19
Credit Julia Reihs / KUT
Park-goers exercise at Vic Mathias Shores while keeping their distance from one another on March 23.
Credit Julia Reihs / KUT

Shoppers stand apart from one another as they wait to enter an H-E-B grocery store in South Austin on March 23.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
A yard display in Austin's Northwest Hills neighborhood reads, "Don't know what you got until it's gone," referencing hard-to-find toilet paper during the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Drive-thru coronavirus testing is popping up across Texas, including this screening site at the CommunityCare Hancock Clinic in Central Austin.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Students pack their belongings on the UT Austin campus on March 18, after the university system asked students not to return from spring break.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A line of customers waits for the H-E-B on East Seventh Street to open at 8 a.m. on March 17. The grocer adjusted its hours to allow employees more time to restock shelves.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

A man walks on the UT Austin campus with a pack of toilet paper and other supplies on March 16.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
The Paramount Theatre, which would have been bustling during South by Southwest, sits on a quiet Congress Avenue on March 17.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT
Poornima Omkant and Omkant Noubad walk in the empty lot where their food cart, Little Vibes, was set to open March 20.
Credit Julia Reihs / KUT

A Cap Metro bus displays a message advising people to wash their hands and stay home if they're sick to help stop the spread the coronavirus.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
The Texas Capitol is closing to the public in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Calls to social distance during the pandemic can be seen on city street signs, buses and at El Arroyo.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT
The patio of a restaurant in The Domain is empty during lunchtime on March 16, two days before the City of Austin announced dining in at restaurants would be prohibited.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Park-goers seem unconcerned about calls for social distancing at Zilker Park on March 16. A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people went into effect the next day.
Credit Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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