The City of Austin is committed to restoring our local economy in a manner that is safe, equitable, and prosperous for all.
We are working diligently to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, we will overcome this unprecedented time in our city’s history.
Latest City of Austin Grant Opportunity:
Austin Childcare Provider Relief Grant - Accepting applications now until funding is expended or until October 1, 2020 (whichever is first)
Helping You Recover
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Recent Economic Recovery News
City of Austin Dashboards for COVID-19 Economic Recovery Programs
The City of Austin Economic Development Department published several dashboards for several economic recovery programs administered by the department. These dashboards display information such as the number of applications received for each program, profiles of applicants (minus personal information), and approval and denial rates. Click the links below to view the program dashboards.
- Austin Creative Space Disaster Relief Program
- Austin Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program
- Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund
- Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant
- Austin Small Business Relief Grant
- Austin Childcare Center Relief Grant
Email ATXrecovers@austintexas.gov for more information about these dashboards and the grant programs.
State and Local Orders Requiring Face Coverings and Limiting Outdoor Gatherings
Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-29 on July 2, 2020 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.
The Governor also amended Executive Order No. GA-28 giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings over 10 people. Additionally, Governor Abbott’s amendment prohibits groups larger than 10, with few exceptions, and requires maintaining six feet of social distancing from others.
Consistent with the Governor's Order, Mayor Steve Adler issued a new City of Austin Order on July 2, 2020 requiring everyone in city limits to wear some form of face covering that fits snugly over their nose and mouth. The Mayor’s Order also prohibits indoor or outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, unless the gathering is expressly permitted by the Governor’s Order or a local Order.
Visit the City of Austin COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Industries webpage for helpful and up-to-date guidance for the most recent health and safety orders.
Gov. Abbott Closes Bars; Reduces Restaurant Capacity
Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order on June 26, 2020. Key items in the Executive Order include:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
The City of Austin advises all businesses to continue the following safety practices:
- Screening employees for symptoms of COVID-19
- Washing or sanitizing hands upon entry and between interactions
- Maintaining six feet of distance
- Wearing face coverings
- Disinfecting items and frequently touched surfaces
- Limiting groups to 10 individuals or fewer
- Providing service only to those seated
- Providing single use food and beverage items
- Accepting contactless payment
- Posting readily visible hygiene signs (see examples here)
If you have any questions, please email EOCBusinessOutreach@austintexas.gov.