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Mohawk, the Red River live music venue, will reopen on a limited-capacity basis next Monday after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic. (Mohawk/Facebook)

After more than a year-long closure, the Red River live music venue Mohawk will reopen for select shows, private events and rentals next month and for daytime events and reduced-capacity outdoor shows in June.


The reopening will be done in a "safe and effective manner," consistent with CDC and Red River Cultural District guidelines, according to a Tuesday news release.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the end of a statewide mask mandate and business capacity restrictions in early March, prompting the venue to tweet: "Thanks bro but we ain't gonna do it till it's safe."

Since closing last March due to the pandemic, the venue has redesigned its space and added new amenities, including an upgraded website and rental options for rehearsals, recordings and private events.

The local business also plans to tackle "serious issues in the industry," starting with increased wage minimums, salaried roles, access to health insurance and a formal HR program. "Overall, we believe it is time to advance the culture of our industry as it relates to staff and working to create more careers than jobs over time," the release states.

Austin's live music venues and bars have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs reported in July that more than half of the city's live music venues, restaurants and bars would be forced to close permanently in the next six months without financial assistance from the government.

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