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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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