COVID-19 Special Events Updates: June 8, 2021 

The City of Austin has updated the COVID-19  Health & Safety Form  required for Special Events Permits. The latest form reflects the changes to social distancing and masking recommendations in the Health Authority Rules, which expire June 15, 2021.  

This form is a requirement for special events applications and will be updated regularly as health conditions change. 

 

Special Events Guidance During COVID-19: Required Health and Safety Form 

Updated guidance and recommendations for events is available. Check out this new page with information and FAQs!

PART II: Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Safety Guide for Venues & Special Events (English PDF)

After applying for a Special Events Permit, complete the COVID-19 Health & Safety Form 

Preview of questions on the Health & Safety Form.

 

Special Events-Related Order Impacts

The Health Authority Rules released on May 18, following updated CDC guidance, were transitioned into to recommendations (see Health Authority Rules Withdrawal Notice).

The current Emergency Rules, which expire June 15, 2021, provide recommendations for individuals and sites within the city of Austin to protect public health.  

The Rules also encourage sites to support and provide incentives for workers and patrons to get vaccinated to reduce the risk to those who are unable to receive the vaccine. Nothing in the Rules prevent sites from requiring additional precautions.

 

Risk Based Guidelines: STAGE 2

Austin Public Health Risk-Based Guidelines provide guidance for individuals' behavior. Austin Public Health uses several metrics including  new hospital admissions, hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity, ventilator use, overall positivity rate, vaccination rates, and rate of change of these metrics determine the stage of risk. 

Stage 2 recommendations include: 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor private gatherings and dine and shop without precautions if allowed by the business.
  • Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals can participate in indoor and outdoor private gatherings and dine and shop with precautions.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, can travel with precautions.

 

City-owned Event Facilities 

Austin Public Health is also working closely with City of Austin departments that have event facilities. Each department is operating on an independent reopening schedule.  

Austin Public Library Department has announced The Austin Central Library will begin hosting private events and facility rentals beginning April 1, 2021 on a limited basis and at a reduced capacity. All events must receive approval by local health authorities and adhere to Austin–Travis County COVID-19 safety guidelines. More information is located at the rental page.   

Austin Convention Center Department has been given authorization by Austin Public Health to operate at reduced capacity and is expecting percentages to rise as the number of vaccinations increase. For more information visit Austin Convention Center or Palmer Events Center sites.  

 

Gatherings on City Parkland and Park Facilities 

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) continues to consult with public health authorities regarding park use. The use of picnic sites, event buildings, or special event sites occur based on the reopening guidelines for specific sites. For more information on current PARD facility operations, visit austintexas.gov/parkclosures

Events on City parkland require a separate park permit and reservation. Please contact the PARD Office of Special Events at reservations@austintexas.gov and consult the information on the PARD Office of Special Events department website.

 

Resources and More Information 

If you have questions about your event application or future plans, contact specialevents@austintexas.gov and we can schedule a remote meeting with you.

Special Event Permit Application Cancellation from Spring 2020

The City received just under 200 Spring Festival Season permit applications. A list of the permit application cancellations is available. Cancellations may be for any reason, including but not limited to the Austin-Travis County Orders to prohibit mass gatherings.