Good morning Austin.

Welcome to another week under the stay-at-home order, and get ready for a few more. Though it seems like leaders around the world are starting to think about what happens after the immediate coronavirus threat starts subsiding, most are using caution about returning to business-as-usual, and today the mayor is expected to announce an extension of the original order—it technically ends tonight.

We at Austonia want to hear from our readers even more than ever, since our website is now officially up and running. Whether you're at home or at work, what are your coronavirus stories? Reply to this email or reach me at katharine@austonia.com

—Katharine Jose, managing editor

* As of this weekend, Travis County is now also reporting the number of hospitalized patients in intensive care (42) and on ventilators (32).

Elsewhere: The ripple effect

Though the governor said Friday that an order reopening some businesses may come this week, as the deadline for the stay-at-home order nears, the mayor is expected to announce an extension. [CBS Austin]

Arrested twice in eight days, the behavior of the son of celebrity mechanic Jesse James has highlighted concerns about domestic violence during the stay-at-home order. [Austin American-Statesman]

Gun sales are up, and the owner of Austin's Central Texas Gun Works has a few concerns. [KUT]

A former employee says goodbye to Vulcan Video, an Austin institution that survived the rise of Netflix but had to shut down when coronavirus showed up. [Texas Monthly]

The status of 1,124 dining establishments in the Austin area, mapped. [Community Impact Newspaper]

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