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News, events, and entertainment happening in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

The Trail Foundation is closing outdoor gym equipment around Lady Bird Lake.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The Trail Foundation recommends people exercise as close to home as possible and stay off the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin has issued an order for residents to stay at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and will last until at least April 13.

Park-goers exercise at Vic Mathias Shores in South Austin on March 23. City leaders have encouraged Austinites to exercise and walk outside, as long as they stay six feet apart from other people.
Julia Reihs / KUT

This post has updates from Tuesday, March 24. Read Wednesday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from Monday, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A person crosses an empty San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin on Friday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

A "shelter-in-place" order for Austin-Travis County will be announced Tuesday, Mayor Steve Adler confirmed to KUT.

It was unclear when the order would go into effect. 

Shoppers practice social distancing while waiting to go in the H-E-B in South Austin on Monday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This page has updates from Monday, March 23. Read Tuesday's live updates here. If you'd like to go through a roundup of COVID-19 news from over the weekend, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

This post has a roundup of local coronavirus news from the weekend of March 22-23. If you'd like to go through Monday's live updates, read them here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

Julia Reihs / KUT

For older folks and people with compromised immune systems, going to get groceries in this outbreak of COVID-19 is more than a chore. It's a gamble. 

A lawn of flags marking the deaths of people in Texas from COVID-19.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

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

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

In a ruling that could derail Austin’s rewrite of its land development code, a Travis County district judge voided two votes the City Council has taken so far on the changes.

A man in protective gear takes down information from a driver at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Wednesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Tuesday’s news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email us at news@KUT.org.

A man carries groceries on the UT Austin campus during spring break on Tuesday.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll keep this post updated on how people can help and get help in the Austin area during the coronavirus pandemic. Know of something missing from this list? Email Andy@KUT.org.

Flower Child in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Restaurants are limited to drive-thru, pick-up and delivery service; bars must close; and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Austin effective noon Tuesday.

A lone person carries toilet paper and a bag of items.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Tuesday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Monday’s news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email it to us at news@KUT.org

Windsor Park resident CC Rowe uses her regular runs now to perform drop-offs and pick-ups of items for her neighbors that are self-isolating to protect themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Hand sanitizer is now a thing worth whispering about.

“Shhhh, somebody had a little left over,” CC Rowe said, as she grabbed a small bottle of aloe-scented hand sanitizer ensconced in a Ziploc bag from a neighbor’s porch.

Dawson Elementary School closes on Friday, March 13 following the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

We'll be updating this story throughout the day Monday with the latest local news on the coronavirus. If you'd like to go through a roundup of Sunday's news on COVID-19, read it here. If you have a news tip or question, email it to us at news@KUT.org. 

Families sit on blankets during KUTX's Rock the Park at Mueller Lake Park last fall.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The City of Austin has banned events with more than 250 attendees in an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Empire Control Room and Garage
Julia Reihs / KUT

UpdateOfficials announced a ban on events with more than 250 people in attendance. Read more here.

Original story: Health officials are urging venues to cancel or reschedule events with more than 250 attendees in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Austin Public Health has capped large-scale events at 2,500, but issued a statement late Friday asking organizers to reconsider these smaller events, citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Travis County Deputy Theresa Stewart serves an eviction suit to a tenant in Southwest Austin in 2018.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Eviction hearings in the Austin area will be put on pause until at least April 1, after Travis County justices of the peace issued an order Friday.

City and health officials gather at City Hall on March 6 to announce South by Southwest's closure.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The city is sharing additional details on the first confirmed coronavirus cases in Central Texas, Friday morning. 

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Three presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Austin on Friday, city health officials said. The cases are the first confirmed in Central Texas.

An eviction notice on a door
Gabriel C. Pérez

Local elected officials say they are looking into ways to help residents unable to pay rent or utility bills because of the potential spread of COVID-19.

The checkout lines at Costco 20 minutes after opening.
Sangita Menon / KUT

People concerned about fallout from the coronavirus have been wiping out grocery store shelves across Austin and the U.S. as other countries restrict movement to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

A mural of Wonder Woman painted by Sandra Chevrier and Shepard Fairey.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Two new murals were created in Austin this week as part of the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation's "Writing on the Walls" series. The weeklong art event was dedicated to empowering women in the community. 

Julia Reihs / KUT

With South by Southwest canceled, a collective of downtown clubs led by the Red River Cultural District announced a series of shows Wednesday that they're calling "We Can Do Magic."

Julia Reihs / KUT

We'll share live updates on how the coronavirus is affecting Austin and Central Texas throughout the day. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

Franklin Gardens near E.M. Franklin Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is a city-owned property that has been made into affordable housing.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

****This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic****

Join KUT, the Texas Observer and the Austin Monitor for a live discussion about housing in Austin — why it’s so expensive and ways we can make it more affordable.

Julia Reihs / KUT

This is an archived post for March 10, 2020. Find live updates for March 11 here. Have a news tip? Email us at news@kut.org.

A South by Southwest sign in the Red River Cultural District.
Julia Reihs / KUT

South by Southwest laid off a third of its full-time staff Monday, a SXSW spokesperson said. 

The company employs about 175 people. The layoffs come three days after the City of Austin canceled the festival due to concerns over COVID-19. 

Julia Reihs / KUT

Click here to read this story in English. 

Ahí estaban, casi 30 de ellos reunidos alrededor del bar, lamiéndose las heridas, hablando de hojas de cálculo y huérfanos.

Tower Girl is perched next to her nest, which holds three eggs.
UT Falcon Cam screengrab

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who’s made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday.

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