COVID-19 Coverage

The scope and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing daily, and so are the plans of local venues and the city as a whole. Below you'll find the breadth of our coverage from show cancellations to city announcements to the latest vaccine news.

Austin FC to Host 100% Capacity Crowd for First Match at Q2 Stadium
Austin FC to Host 100% Capacity Crowd for First Match at Q2 Stadium
Home of Austin's MLS expansion team gears up for June opening

May 24, 2021

Austin Updates COVID Protocols Amid Abbott's Tightening Grip on Local Authorities' Powers
Austin Updates COVID Protocols Amid Abbott's Tightening Grip on Local Authorities' Powers
Local and state officials wrestle over mask mandates, again

May 20, 2021

Qmmunity: It's Gonna Be Gay
Qmmunity: It's Gonna Be Gay
Poo Poo Platter fills your mommy complex, Cheer Ups announces reopening, and more queer events

May 6, 2021

Austin Opera Races Back Into Live Performance With <i>Tosca</i> at Circuit of the Americas
Austin Opera Races Back Into Live Performance With Tosca at Circuit of the Americas
The company brings grand opera to the Grand Prix with an outdoor staging of Puccini's powerhouse

April 29, 2021

Travis County District Judge Upholds Austin’s Mask Rule
Travis County District Judge Upholds Austin’s Mask Rule
Face masks required until at least April 15; state expected to appeal

March 26, 2021

The COVID-19 Long Haulers
The COVID-19 Long Haulers
Nearly 1 in 3 coronavirus survivors have strange, often changing symptoms without known causes or cures. Here’s what they and their doctors are doing about it.

March 25, 2021

Qmmunity: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Austin's LGBTQmmunity
Qmmunity: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Austin's LGBTQmmunity
Producers of Filth drag collective pledges safety, The Little Gay Shop's queer art market, and more

March 25, 2021

Vaccine Demand Continues to Outpace Supply as Texas Expands Eligibility
Vaccine Demand Continues to Outpace Supply as Texas Expands Eligibility
Austin Public Health explores local vaccine strategies while awaiting more doses

March 25, 2021

Texas Opens COVID-19 Vaccines to All Adults Beginning March 29
Texas Opens COVID-19 Vaccines to All Adults Beginning March 29
Anyone age 16 and older will be eligible, says DSHS

March 23, 2021

As Abbott Blows Off COVID, Austin Just Wants to Stay Alive
As Abbott Blows Off COVID, Austin Just Wants to Stay Alive
The unmasking commences and the governor goes after his own constituents yet again

March 18, 2021

Eastern Crescent’s Path to Get Past Pandemic Is Rough
Eastern Crescent’s Path to Get Past Pandemic Is Rough
Finding a way out proves elusive for East Austin and beyond

March 18, 2021

“Our House, Our Rules”: Austin Restaurants School the Governor on Limited Government
“Our House, Our Rules”: Austin Restaurants School the Governor on Limited Government
Local eateries make plain – mask requirements aren't going anywhere

March 18, 2021

Rock &amp; Roll Will Never Die: Locals Take “Safe in Sound” Pledge
Rock & Roll Will Never Die: Locals Take “Safe in Sound” Pledge
Live music ecosystem continues to fight the power (and COVID)

March 18, 2021

PHOTOS: Austin Public Health Vaccine Clinic
Photos by Jana Birchum

Thu., March 18, 2021

Austin Drops to Stage 3 COVID-19 Risk Guidelines
Austin Drops to Stage 3 COVID-19 Risk Guidelines
Masks, social distancing still critical, urge health officials

March 13, 2021

Judge Declines Paxton's Push To Rip Austin's Masks Off ASAP
Judge Declines Paxton's Push To Rip Austin's Masks Off ASAP
AG's latest COVID lawsuit set for trial in two weeks

March 12, 2021

Day Trips: Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Garfield
Day Trips: Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Garfield
Gardeners, start your planting

March 11, 2021

Conspirare's Quarantine Madrigals Creates a Choir of One
Conspirare's Quarantine Madrigals Creates a Choir of One
This new song cycle gives isolated singers music to build a choir with – a choir of just themselves

March 11, 2021

Frontline Immigrant Workers Hesitant to Receive COVID Vaccine
Frontline Immigrant Workers Hesitant to Receive COVID Vaccine
Missing their shots

March 11, 2021

Austin Commits to Local Mask Requirement Amid State Rollback on COVID Restrictions
Austin Commits to Local Mask Requirement Amid State Rollback on COVID Restrictions
City will enforce masks, public health measures under local health authority emergency rules expiring in April

March 11, 2021

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Travel news a year into the pandemic

March 5, 2021

Opinion: We Need to Prioritize Our Service Workers
Opinion: We Need to Prioritize Our Service Workers
Olamaie Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek: “The way to ensure the health and livelihoods of service industry people is through vaccination”

March 4, 2021

Austin at Large: At the Bottom of the Well
Austin at Large: At the Bottom of the Well
Greg Abbott’s still making horrible things happen, but at least now he’s in charge!

March 4, 2021

Council, City Utilities Continue to Soften Blow of Storms
Council, City Utilities Continue to Soften Blow of Storms
Reason to relieve

March 4, 2021

Abbott Lifts COVID Rules: Will a Surge Follow?
Abbott Lifts COVID Rules: Will a Surge Follow?
Governor’s move seen as premature, reckless by local leaders, businesses

March 4, 2021

Texas Executive Order Reopens Texas Businesses to 100% Capacity and Lifts Mask Mandate
Texas Executive Order Reopens Texas Businesses to 100% Capacity and Lifts Mask Mandate
Local restaurants respond on social media

March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Finally Arrives at Travis County Jail
COVID-19 Finally Arrives at Travis County Jail
Outbreak is "small," but inmates and advocates are angry

Feb. 11, 2021

Where Do the Vaccines Go?
Where Do the Vaccines Go?
Dashboard reveals Black and Latinx residents aren't being reached

Feb. 11, 2021

With Improving COVID-19 Numbers, Austin-Travis County Drops Back Down to Stage 4 Restrictions
With Improving COVID-19 Numbers, Austin-Travis County Drops Back Down to Stage 4 Restrictions
Escott: “It’s not time to burn the masks yet”

Feb. 9, 2021

Austin Begins to Descend &ndash; Again &ndash; From a COVID Surge Peak
Austin Begins to Descend – Again – From a COVID Surge Peak
Steady as the COVID goes

Feb. 4, 2021

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