City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
All City of Austin parks and trails to remain closed through April 13
Austin, Texas — Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is utilizing the Warn Central Texas notification system to remind individuals of the importance of following the Stay Home, Work Safe order this holiday weekend. Individuals are encouraged to either avoid public gatherings or find alternate ways – such as virtual, voice, or other methods – to gather in celebration.
Additionally, all City of Austin parks and trails will close during the Easter weekend to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19.
The Stay Home, Work Safe order, issued March 24, states that all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or dwelling unit are prohibited, with exception to essential activities or essential work or members of a household or dwelling unit.
Austin Public Health continues to stress the importance of practicing good personal hygiene, maintaining physical 'social' distance, and using fabric face coverings during essential activities to disrupt the spread of the virus.
Proper hygiene practices include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Warn Central Texas is a free public service provided by The Capital Area Council of Governments, in conjunction with the region’s cities and counties. The service offers emergency alerts for residents across Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson Counties.
Registering with Warn Central Texas allows residents to receive critical community alerts from their local first responders. Alerts can be targeted for specific neighborhoods or areas that may be directly impacted by natural disasters, weather warnings, evacuations notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, or other events that require immediate action.
To register to receive notifications, visit WarnCentralTexas.org.
For more information and updates, visit www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19 or call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000).