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Jackie Venson at ACL in 2018.

We're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the city of Austin moving forward with a plan to bring back events in a safe capacity. It looks like Austin City Limits and other concerts could really make the return most have hoped for this year.


Austin Center for Events and Austin Public Health have put together recommended guidelines for both indoor and outdoor events that encourage safe way to host events including social distancing and cleaning protocols. A full list of safety protocols can be viewed here.

Outdoor event organizers will be required to submit an application for a special events permit and fill out a health and safety form, which both will be reviewed by ACE and APH.

This is the first time in over a year that the city is encouraging the return of events since the pandemic. In its report on reopening recommendations, the city states "local venues, live music and events are paramount to Austin's culture and economy," citing $587 million in direct spending generated by the local meetings and convention industry in 2019; that close to 1.3 million people visit Austin's parks for festivals, outdoor weddings and other events; and that South by Southwest alone generated an estimated $355.9 million in economic impact.

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