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CDC: Unvaccinated summer campers can shed masks while outside

The CDC issued updated guidance regarding summer camps on Friday. (Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidance for summer camps, saying vaccinated adolescents do not need to wear masks at summer camps and younger children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine can usually go without masks when outside.


The updated guidelines, which were released on Friday, take into account the CDC's recent announcement that masks are rarely needed outdoors and that fully vaccinated individuals can forego them in most situations. Earlier this month, Austin ISD announced that it wouldn't require students to wear masks during outdoor physical activities.

Camp providers may still find it challenging to establish policies in response to the updated guidance given the fact that children under 12 remain ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Thinkery, which hosts a series of summer camps, continues to require masks for all staff and visitors older than 2. Other local camp providers say they will follow CDC and local public health guidelines, which allows for more flexibility as guidance evolves.

More than 64% of the Travis County population 12 and older is partially vaccinated, and nearly 52% are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

ARC Clinical Research, the research division of Austin Regional Clinic, announced Friday that it will enroll children 6 months to 11 years old in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial starting June 7. ARC anticipates that demand will far exceed the study limit of 85 pediatric participants, according to a press release. Interested parents can find more information about the study here.

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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