Updated May 4 10:44 a.m.:

If it seems like you've been seeing more people out and about lately in Austin, you're not wrong.

The data analytics firm Unacast now has the county performing at a C- on its social distancing scoreboard. Just a month ago the firm was grading Travis County as an A-. Unacast uses data from public data sets as well as tens of millions of devices.


According to the scoreboard, Travis County has a 40%-55% reduction in average distances traveled, a 65%-70% reduction in nonessential visits and a less than 40% "decrease in encounters density compared to national baseline," which is currently graded as a C for its 74%-82% decrease in the same category.

Austin is in good company—there is currently only one county in Texas earning more than a B—Presidio, which has an A-. The state overall scored a D-.

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As the weather cools off, it is prime time to get out and enjoy a new local brew—especially in a time when bars need support the most.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry
Directions: Add Tito's Handmade Vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Sink pomegranate juice by pouring slowly over the back of a spoon into cocktail. Drop in one maraschino cherry.
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