This page contains most recent updates on the City of Austin’s economic recovery plan, critical information about federal and state regulations, and services for local businesses and workers.
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- Austin-Travis County Updates
City of Austin Publishes New Dashboards for 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 Economic Injury Bridge Loan Program
- Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund
- Austin Creative Space Disaster Relief Program
- Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund
- Austin Small Business Relief Grant Program
- Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant Program
Email ATXrecovers@austintexas.gov for more information about these dashboards and the grant programs.
Current Control Orders and Emergency Rules
Information is provided at the City of Austin's COVID-19 website regarding state and local orders and rules that have been issued during COVID-19, including the Austin-Travis County "Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe" Orders and Health Authority Emergency Rules.
The State of Texas has a phased reopening of businesses and services. Statewide health orders, issued by Governor Abbott, provide guidance for employers, employees, and customers of reopened businesses. For more information on the Governor's orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.
The City of Austin and Travis County extended the “Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe” Orders through December 15, 2020. These orders direct Austin-Travis County residents to continue to practice social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering behaviors. In addition to hygiene guidelines, the orders state that social gatherings up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household are prohibited. Read the full City of Austin and Travis County orders.
Return to School Information
The Austin-Travis County Health Authority adopted new emergency rules that relate to reopening schools to promote the health and safety of Austin-Travis County residents in the fight against COVID-19. Learn more about the guidance and resources for returning to school online.
- State of Texas Updates
Gov. Abbott Expands Capacity For Certain Services In Texas, Announces Guidance For Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Visitations
On September 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The Governor also announced new visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, September 24th.
Under the new orders:
- Restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries can now increase occupancy levels to 75%.
- Residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers who will be provided necessary training to allow them to safely go inside a facility for a scheduled visit, including in the resident’s room, to help ensure their loved one’s physical, social, and emotional needs are being met.
For more information on the Governor's orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.
Gov. Abbott Mandates Face Coverings and Limits 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.
Texas Workforce Commission Guidance for Unemployment Claims
The Texas Workforce Commission will allow unemployment claimants to receive unemployment benefits throughout the COVID-19 response if they choose not to return to work for one of the following reasons:
- At High Risk: People 65 years or older are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Household member at high risk: People 65 years or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Diagnosed with COVID: The individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.
- Family member with COVID: Anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
- Quarantined: Individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
- Child care: Child’s school or daycare closed and no alternatives are available.
Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by TWC based on individual circumstances.
- Federal Government Updates
Federal Funding Programs: U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several disaster assistance programs for small businesses and non-profit organizations. This includes the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and the Small Business Express Bridge Loan. For additional information about these federal funding programs, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a list of guidelines for employers, businesses, and employees returning to work. The list includes guidance regarding cleaning, responding to positive COVID-19 cases, and more. Visit the CDC Business and Workplaces website for more information.