AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the coronavirus spreads and cities and counties put in place restrictions on gatherings, a number of businesses and events have had to cancel or postpone.
Central Texas schools are closing into April. And, with Austin-Travis County’s announcement that it is shutting down bars, limiting restaurants to carry out and limiting gatherings to 10 people, there likely will be more changes in the days to come.
Texans can call 2-1-1, 24/7 to get information about COVID-19 and referrals to community resources.
Restaurants and Businesses
TakeOutTracker.com is compiling a list of Austin restaurants that are open and providing take-out or delivery.
Austin Humane Society remains open, but is asking people to call (512) 685-0115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. It also suspended volunteer activities and it is asking for financial support.
The Broken Spoke is closing. “Once again, we will be looking to our amazing customers, friends and family to help us all rebound once this National Nightmare is over,” it said in a release.
Burger Bar is open for take-out orders and has started serving breakfast at 7 a.m. It is not accepting cash payments at this time.
Burger King is offering two free kids meals with any purchase through its BK app starting March 20 through April 6. It also offers free delivery via the app on orders of $10 or more.
The Capital Grille is offering curbside pickup and take out.
Capital One is closing select locations and all Capital One Cafes, a total of 8 branches in Texas. Its ATMs will remain open.
CARVE American Grille is providing a curbside service for food and drinks as well as grocery packs
Central Texas Food Bank remains open and people can go online to find food distribution locations near them.
Colleen’s Kitchen offers takeout and delivery.
The Continental Club, C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, the Continental Gallery and the Jade Room are closed until further notice.
Confituras Little Kitchen is open for take-out from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10-1 p.m. Sunday.
Cotton Patch Cafe is offering to-go, curbside pickup and third-party delivery orders.
Cover 3 has launched takeout and curbside pickup for all its Austin locations. People can order the entire menu, plus new Family Meal options. All orders placed directly with the restaurant will get a 15% discount. It also reduced its hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It also launched a fundraiser to support its hourly staff affected by the changes.
Crepe Crazy is offering take out, curbside pickup and delivery through UberEats, GrubHub and Favor.
Denny’s is open for carryout and delivery and offers family meal packages.
Domo Alley-Gato will take online pickup orders or delivery through Favor. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m.
Easy Tiger shut down its downtown, LINC and Cedar Park locations, and will open drive-up and delivery services at the LINC starting March 18. It is shifting all its resources to keep its bakery up and running. Its wholesale bakers helps feed 50,000 Texans a day, it said.
Franklin BBQ is taking online orders for pickup later in the day. On Wednesday they said it had so many online orders it had to stop after it was open just 2 minutes.
Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon is closing its South First location and providing to-go service at its Ninth and Lamar location.
Frost Bank is closing its lobbies temporarily starting March 20, but its motor banks will be fully staffed and will offer expanded service. People can also bak online at frostbank.com, using its app, using ATMs or over the phone at 800-513-7678.
Golden Chick is offering drive-thru, carryout and third-party delivery service.
Hat Creek Burger Company: Its regular menu is available, and it’s offering a Family Pack option. Orders can be placed online or over the phone for pickup, drive-thru or delivery.
Hotel Saint Cecelia is offering to-go orders from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
IKEA stores throughout the U.S. are closed, but it is still providing services online. It says, “To support our co-workers, we have put in place additional measures to ensure their work environment is clean and sanitized and that co-workers are working at a safe social distance. We will also be providing free meals and bottled water during shifts.”
Joe’s Coffee is offering takeout from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its South Congress location and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its downtown location.
Juliet Italian Kitchen is offering takeout and delivery of its menu and wine, beer and cocktails.
Kemuri Tatsu-ya has a new to-go menu and can be picked up or delivered through Favor and UberEats. It is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kolache Factory closed its dining rooms but will continue to provide its services through carry-out, delivery or drive-thru.
The Long Center is closed but working to host virtual performances on its social channels. It asks people to consider donating their ticket purchase for a canceled performance, applying the value to a Long Center membership or buy gift certificates.
Macy’s has closed its stores nationwide from March 17-31. The closures include all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores. “Macy’s, Inc. will provide benefits and compensation to its impacted workforce,” it said in a release.
Maggiano’s Little Italy is open for carry out and is offering free delivery through DoorDash on all orders greater than $15 for the next 30 days, starting March 25.
Maudie’s Tex-Mex has to-go and curbside service from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Micklethwait Craft Meats has online and phone ahead (512-791-5961) ordering available. It also has family-style meals available. It’s open Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Launderette will move to to-go services.
Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar is offering takeout food, margaritas, wine and beer starting March 24, Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Perry’s Steakhouse is offering curbside pickup seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is also providing grocery packs at its downtown and Domain Northside locations, including meat, vegetables, eggs and milk.
Plucker’s Wing Bar offers contactless delivery and curbside pickup of its full menu and cocktails, beer, White Claw and Truly. Orders can be placed online. It also says Pluckers Club and Pluckers Club Lite members can get double points on orders. “The top 5 Pluckers Club Members who order the most often, starting now until dining rooms are reopened, will earn a $1000 gift card to Pluckers!” it wrote in a release.
P. Terry’s and Taco Ranch closed its dining rooms until further notice but says its drive-thrus and delivery are available.
Ramen Tatsu-ya has to-go and Favor delivery options and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Redmark Kennels is offering a 50% discount on its dog boarding service to medical staff, state officials, grocery store employees and Amazon workers. It lasts until April 30.
San Jac Saloon is closed but is streaming music from its stage and collecting tips for artists.
Snarf’s Sandwiches is offering delivery and pickup. People can order through eatsnarfs.com or call 720-275-8470 to place an order.
The Soup Peddler is open for pickup and works with delivery services. They are also offering a 20% discount for all service workers. It also offered unlimited sick leave and a $50 stipend for its staff to buy cleaning supplies for themselves.
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse is offering takeout and delivery service.
Taco Cabana is offering free delivery through April 3 through its MyTC app, online or on UberEats. The front counter and drive-thru will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Thinkery announced it would remain closed until at least May 1
Tiff’s Treats is offering free delivery on orders over $20 through March 31 with the coupon code DELIVERY5
Tacodeli is extending its hours from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends for takeout and delivery service.
Texas Lottery Claim Centers are closed. All winning scratch and draw game tickets with prizes of up to $5 million can be claimed through the mail. They should be postmarked before the claim expiration date and sent to Texas Lottery Commission, ATTN: Austin Claim Center, PO Box 16600, Austin, TX 78761-6600. It asks people allow 4-6 weeks for claims to be processed. Prizes of $599 or less can be paid by any Texas Lottery Retailer. Prizes above $5 million, those paid in annuity payments and all Lotto Texas, Powerball and Mega Millions grand or jackpot prizes must be processed by appointment. People can call 512-344-5049 or email ClaimantProcessingAlert@lottery.state.tx.us
Texas Roadhouse is open for curbside to-go service. It has family value packs with a dinner for four that includes an entree, large salad, four sides, rolls and butter. It is also selling ready-to-go steaks directly to the public.
Texican Cafe locations are open for curbside takeout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. People can also get it delivered through third-party services.
ThunderCould Subs is open for take out at its locations or use delivery services.
Torchy’s Tacos has adjusted its hours. It has takeout and delivery service at all its restaurants and is offering $0 delivery fees through March 20.
Tomlinson’s Feed is providing free same-day or next-day delivery on all local orders so pet owners don’t have to leave their homes. It has also implemented “doorstep delivery” so customers don’t have to sign for packages and is having its delivery drivers wear gloves when necessary. People can order on its website.
Treaty Oak Distilling in Dripping Springs is offering a to-go menu with orders through the Toast Takeout App. Treaty Oak Whiskey and Waterloo Gin are also offering online spirits ordering and delivery. Treaty Oak Distilling will also be producing and giving away free 2oz bottles of hand sanitizer
True Food Kitchen said it would close until March 27, and would pay its employees and distribute food from its restaurants to them and their families.
Uchi will start offering curbside March 20. It says it’s “tightened their menu and while it still offers a variety it also has more accessible pricing.” It is also selling wine, beer and sake for surbside pickup.
Vaqueros Cantina is offering delivery and takeout service.
Walgreens has updated its hours to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays in most stores with 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. drive-thru at its 24-hour stores.
Zach Theatre has canceled performances. It says people can exchange their tickets for others later in the year, a gift card, or apply the value of tickets as a tax-deductible donation to support artists and employees.
Z’Tejas said it is “aggressively preparing food for all individuals and families in Austin” and has a limited menu, plus alcohol. It will have curbside pickup at its north Austin and downtown locations and also allows to-go orders.
360 Pizza is open for delivery, carry out and pick up.
Austin Regional Clinic has launched a COVID-19 hotline for patients to call. It is open 24/7 at 866-453-4525
Central Health will be screening visitors before entering its offices and is encouraging people to apply for the Medical Access Program over the phone.
Austin Manual Therapy has closed its offices and canceled appointments, with a tentative reopening date of April 1.
CommUnityCare is offering curbside pharmacy services at its Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center on Montopolis Drive. “CommUnityCare patients who need assistance with pharmacy refills may call 512-978-8139 if their regular pharmacy or home delivery isn’t an option,” it said in a release.
Dollar General stores are dedicating their first hour to senior shoppers beginning March 17.
H-E-B announced its store hours are changing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Market and H-E-B Pharmacies will also be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. going forward. Stores also have limits on how many of certain items people can buy.
Sprouts Farmers Market has changed its store hours to 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Walmart has changed its operating hours from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every Tuesday, it will host an hour-long senior shopping event for those 60 and older, which will start an hour before the store opens. Stores will also have limits on certain items.
Wheatsville Food Coop is open all week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has special hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and high-risk shoppers. It is limiting the amount of certain items people can buy, limiting the number of shoppers in stores, no longer allowing outside containers or bags and sanitizing the store every hour. It is also offering its $5 Thursday dinners to go.
Whole Foods is serving customers who are 60 or older one hour before opening to the public.
Gov. Greg Abbott has said gyms must close in Texas. Many are turning to online options.
Ballet Austin closed its Butler Dance Education Center March 16.
Crux Climbing Center in Austin is offering online classes that include training for climbing, yoga, HIIT and circuit training. They’re free and open to the public, but Venmo tips are encouraged.
Gold’s Gym is closing its corporate-owned locations. It will offer free premium access for members and non-members to its GOLD’S AMP personal training app through March 31.
Orange Theory closed all its corporate-owned studios nationwide Monday. It said membership dues will be immediately suspended.
The YMCA of Austin is closed. It is offering virtual exercise options on its web page. Its Extend-A-Care YMCA has also partnered with local health care providers to offer child care for health care works at the Southwest Family YMCA from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Austin Public Library locations are closed March 16-29. Holds and due dates will be extended for three weeks. Books drops will be open. It also has its virtual library people can still use.
Buda’s library closed March 17. It will still provide a curbside service and computers will be available by appointment. No fines will accrue on items while it is closed.
Cedar Park Public Library is having people pre-register for library cards online so they can get digital materials and be able to do “Porch Pick Up,” to safely get other materials.
Georgetown also closed its library starting March 16 through May 11. It asks people to hold onto their borrowed materials and reiterated that it doesn’t charge overdue fines.
Hutto’s library closed March 17 and will be shut down through at least the end of March
Pflugerville Public Library is closed. People can keep items until April 13 and can use its online resources.
Both the Travis County and Williamson County tax offices have limited person-to-person contact. Travis County has closed its lobbies, but is still helping people through its drive-through lanes at 5501 Airport Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Pflugerville branch, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, and McKinney Falls branch, 4011 McKinney Falls Parkway, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Willaimson County is closing its offices March 17, but providing services online. Its drive-thrus are limited to property tax payments, registration renewals and disabled parking placards.
Hays County says many people can take care of tax office services online or through drop offs. People can renew their vehicle registrations at texas.gov. People dealing with property payments and services can also go online. Those making payments can also use drop boxes at Tax Office locations or mail in their information and payment to 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1120 – San Marcos, TX 7866.
Austin has closed all library branches, rescheduled all non-essential municipal court dockets, Austin Animal Center, pools, golf courses, athletic programs, recreation centers and cultural centers.
Austin also closed all municipal court locations until March 29 and canceled all court dockets, which will be rescheduled after May 8. It is also extending all due dates until May 8; those include initial appearance dates, payment dates, deferral dates, community services and class C warrants will be suspended. People can still contact the court by phone at 512-974-4800 and email email@example.com
Austin also closed all walk-in utility payment centers. People can pay online, at authorized locations (most H-E-B’s, Fiesta Mart and Randall’s stores), using drop boxes or mailing a money order or check to P.O. BOX 2267, Austin, TX 78783-2267.
The Austin City Council will not be open to the public, but people can watch online. Mayor Steve Adler, five council members and the city manager will attend the meeting in person, while other council members will participate remotely. Public comment is allowed by phone but people must register in advance.
The Austin Humane Sociaty is open by appointment only for adoptions. It has a limited number of people on site to care for animals and has suspended all spay/neuter surgeries.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is closing the following public facilities:
- All PARD recreation centers (except the spring break camps – additional information below)
- All PARD cultural centers (except the ESB-MACC spring break program – additional information below)
- All PARD museums
- All PARD senior centers
- All PARD aquatic facilities
- All PARD golf courses
- All PARD tennis centers
- Zilker Botanical Garden
- Zilker Caretaker Cottage
- All PARD special event facilities
- All PARD park ameneties (except restrooms and water fountains), including sports courts, playgrounds, exercise equipment and pavilions
Austin Water is closing its buildings to non-essential services. People can go online to get help.
Burnet City Hall has closed to the public, but city operations are set to continue. People can make appointments for time-sensitive matters. People can also complete tasks online or by calling 512-756-6093. It will still have its council meeting, but it won’t be open to the public. Instead, people can live-stream it on Facebook.
Georgetown will still hold City Council meetings and is working to transition them to a remote option. It won’t hold board or commission meetings except for: Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment (if needed), Historic and Architectural Review Committee, Building Standards Commission (if needed), Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation (if needed), Georgetown Economic Enhancement Corporation (if needed).
Georgetown has also launched an online coronavirus resource page, which includes a list of restaurants and businesses with altered hours.
Georgetown closed all its parks and recreation amenities that don’t allow for physical distancing. Garey Park, Bark Park, trails, open spaces, dog ranch and equine amenities at Garey park are open. The following are closed:
- Exercise equipment
- Drinking fountains
- Skate park
- Gatehouse at Garey Park
- Play Ranch at Garey Park
Hays County reminded people they can take care of many services online, but if they need to meet in person they should visit the department’s webpage and call or email the office beforehand.
- Treasurer’s Office: This office works with all county departments to take online credit card payments. “Court Ordered Payments, Permits, Taxes, Records, Fees are all accepted online through webpages for each department. We mail checks and offer direct deposit to vendors and employees,” the county wrote in a release. Anyone with questions can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 512-393-2236 or e-mail at Treasurer@co.hays.tx.us.
- Development Services: People can submit development or septic permits online at mygovernmentonline.org. It says people can get their questions answered by calling 512-393-2150 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those needing signatures should be coming to the office, and it requests they contact the office first.
- Courts: Some courts are closing or limiting trials, with information on each court’s website. “Many services are available at the District Courts, such as E-Filing initial and subsequent documents. Court costs, fines, and fees can be paid at certifiedpayments.net (Bureau Code 5779509). Copy requests can be made to email@example.com and juror information is located on the District Clerk’s webpage. Correspondence can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org For all services, visit https://hayscountytx.com/courts/district-clerk/,” it said.
Hays County is closing all parks until further notice, including Five Mile Dam Parks, Jacob’s Well Natural Area and the Gay Ruby Dahlstrom Nature Preserve.
Hays County Commissioners Court is accepting public comments by email ahead of its meetings, which normally take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. Comments must be sent to email@example.com and received by 8:45 a.m. People should put “Public Comment” and the date and agenda item number in the subject line. People can watch the court livestream online.
Hutto City Hall closed, but people can contact the city by phone or email. People can pay water bills online or drop them off in the city hall parking lot drop box. People can also pay municipal court fines and fees online. It is streaming its City Council meeting online.
The Lower Colorado River Authority closed all parks it manages and shared a list of them on its website, but the Highland Lakes remain open.
The Texas Capitol is closing to the public starting March 18. Elected officials and their staff will still be able to enter the building, as well as state agency personnel with their IDs. The Capitol Visitor’s Center, Texas State Cemetary and Capitol Visitors Parking Garage will also be closed to the public, as well as gift shops and the Capitol Grill.
Travis County Clerk’s Office lobby will be closed from March 24 to May 1. “All divisions services and transactions will continue and be processed by electronic filing, mail, phone, or, if in an emergency, by appointment only.” People can call 512-854-9188 to be connected to the appropriate department.
Travis County’s Protective Order Division is still open for protective orders, but are doing screenings via phone. People can call 512-854-4163.
The City of Pflugerville closes its public facilities, including the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services (PAWS), Pflugerville Recreation Center, Pflugerville Public Library, Municipal Court and the Recycle Center. It also closed all parks, pavilions, playscapes and courts.
Pflugerville also closed its Lake Pflugerville Park effective at noon March 30. “Closures include access to the lake, fishing piers, pavilion, restrooms and trails around the lake and park,” the city said in a release. “This is to help enforce social distancing required by the Travis and Williamson counties’ Stay Home Orders issued last week. In these Orders, residents were told to only leave their homes when necessary, and while the Order allows for outdoor activity, Lake Pflugerville has become overcrowded, putting the public in danger. If the City continues to see overcrowding or lack of social distancing in other parks, they will also be closed.”
Williamson County is closing all non-essential county offices through May 11.
Bautex Systems in San Marcos said Monday it had “ceased manufacturing operations in Texas and will no longer be providing products.”