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No more masks: Austin officials lift COVID rules


The city of Austin has officially lifted all COVID orders and restrictions as case numbers and hospitalizations reach early pandemic lows.

The city is no longer requiring masking in city facilities with a few exceptions such as the airport, clinical settings and jails. Additionally, businesses no longer need to post COVID signage.

After the worst COVID surge with omicron passed through Austin early this year, COVID numbers have been low. For the first time since March 2020, Austin Public Health reported zero new COVID-related hospital admissions in the Austin metro.

Those that are of high risk of contracting COVID are still encouraged to wear a mask.

"Congratulations—it's about time!" said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "Thank you to everyone vaccinated and boosted for helping to get us here."


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