Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools will reopen this Saturday on a modified schedule after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Austin parks and recreation department announced that a limited number of its pool facilities will reopen this weekend. The other reopened pools are Springwoods in North Austin, Bartholomew in East Austin and Big Stacy in South Austin.
@AustinCityParks resumes modified year-round pool operations on Sat., Sep. 26. No reservations required; capacities… https://t.co/SVDzzSqd7Q— Austin Parks & Rec (@Austin Parks & Rec) 1600979189.0
No reservations will be required, but capacity limits will be enforced. Once a pool reaches capacity, new swimmers will only be allowed in on a one-in, one-out basis.
Patrons are asked to limit their visits to two hours.
A list of the pools that are reopening can be found here.
PARD closed both Barton Springs and Deep Eddy, along with a host of other parks facilities, in late June to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Previously the pools had been open on a limited, reservations-only basis.
The announcement comes after the average number of new confirmed cases each day has increased about 50% since Sept. 1. The Hospital admissions rate is declining as the majority of those cases are among the 10-29 age group.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that, in most of the state, businesses that had been limited to 50% capacity could expand to 75% capacity. This order applies to restaurants, office buildings, libraries, museums and gyms, among other businesses.
Abbott cited the decline in new COVID cases and related hospitalizations as reason for the change. While the daily caseload has declined post-surge, Texas has reported more new COVID cases than any other state in the last two weeks, according to a data analysis by the New York Times, and more than 15,000 Texans have died from the disease.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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