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The city of Austin announced it would close both Barton Springs and Deep Eddy temporarily as of Tuesday and that all city parks will shut down from July 3 to July 5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


Chlorinated pools will remain open for the time being, the parks department said.

The closures include the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.

The announcement follows warnings yesterday from public health officials that they are "on the verge" of recommending another shutdown due to a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Travis County announced Monday that its parks will close between Thursday and Tuesday for the same reason.


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Ingredients:

  • 750 mL Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1 1/2 cup toasted pecans
Directions: Toast pecans in a 350°F oven until they become aromatic (about 5 minutes). Let pecans cool, drop them into a resealable jar, and fill with Tito's Handmade Vodka. Store in a cool, dark place for 1 month, if you can wait that long.
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