Austin extends "Stay Home, Work Safe" through June 15

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May 29, 2020 - 3:16 pm
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AUSTIN ( -- Austin Mayor Steve Adler has extended the city's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order through June 15.

The new order, which Adler issued Friday, goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. The June 15 expiration lines up with the expiration of Travis County's nearly parallel order.

A release from Adler's office says the new order extends nearly all the provisions from the previous order, including a mandate to stay at home except as specifically allowed, avoid gatherings, observe social distancing, and wear face coverings. The extended order conforms to the latest changes from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to comply with the statewide orders.

In line with Abbott's statewide orders, the local order does not include any civil or criminal penalty for failing to wear a face covering.

"With this extended Order, the City is doing everything the law allows to keep our community as safe as possible, to give the Governor’s reopening of the economy the greatest chance of succeeding and being sustained and to retain for our community the ability we each have as individuals to make choices that seek to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed," Adler said in a statement.

Local health officials continue to emphasize the importance of practicing good hygiene, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face coverings. Austin Public Health also points to the average number of new hospitalizations, that the five-county metro area needs to stay at or below 20 to prevent hospitals from potentially becoming overwhelmed.

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