Your daily dose of Austin
Smartphone image
×
Make your inbox more Austin.
Local news and fun, every day 6am.
Masks off, city says, following CDC

Fully vaccinated Austinites can now gather, dine and shop without masking or distancing, according to updated health guidelines. (ACL Radio via city of Austin)

Austin Public Health officials no longer recommend fully vaccinated people mask or distance in most situations as a result of continuing declines in new reported COVID-19 cases and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Austin-Travis County is now in Stage 2 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. At this stage, public health officials recommend:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals can participate in private indoor and outdoor gatherings as well as dine and shop without masking or distancing, if allowed by the business
  • Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals can gather privately, dine and shop with masking and distancing
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, can travel with masking and distancing

"If you're vaccinated, you're very well protected," Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott told local elected officials Tuesday. "If you're unvaccinated, you're not."

The local risk-based guidelines do not affect local rules or regulations for businesses. Some venues and schools may impose additional requirements regardless of vaccination status or stage.

Additionally, the local health authority rules, which were updated Tuesday and renewed through June 15, encouraged fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask and distance when the risk of transmission to those who are not fully vaccinated is significant. Partially or unvaccinated individuals should mask, distance and avoid crows and poorly ventilated spaces in most circumstances.

The CDC announced Thursday that it no longer recommends fully vaccinated individuals mask or distance in most circumstances. Exceptions include public transit, airplanes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

The decision arrived after updated data showed the effectiveness of vaccines against the virus and its variants; it also showed COVID is unlikely to be transmitted between vaccinated people.

More than 60% of the Travis County population 12 and older are partially vaccinated and nearly 48% are fully vaccinated as of Monday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Popular

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway