May 8th at 10:30AM, Mayor Adler held a live City of Austin COVID-19 update which officially extended the shelter-at-home order in Austin until May 31st. Travis County’s order is extended until June 15th. Their combined “out dates” are to be revised based on the review of data (infection rates, physical interactions, etc) day by day and week by week.
Mayor Adler and Judge Eckhardt issued this order with the recognition that the State of Texas’ decree supersedes it, and this admittedly confuses citizens and eliminates any citing, fines or criminal penalties for violating the City of Austin and Travis County order. They believe their jurisdiction allows for the clarification of these rules and they commented that they do not see these in conflict with the Governor’s orders.
Mayor Adler together with Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt have ordered the following:
- Minimize physical interactions where possible, maintaining “stay-at-home-work-safe”;
- Maintain 6 feet social distancing;
- Maintain mask-wearing, consistent with the Governor’s recommendations.
The newly revised orders have requested that restaurants and cafes keep a log of any customers who contact them after a visit and disclose that they have symptoms. Mozart’s staff have been educated on this proactive provision of the order and Mozart’s will be complying, reporting information as requested back to the City of Austin.
We recognize that there is potential confusion for our customers between the different jurisdictions and orders as we phase-in the restarting of the economy. Mozart’s will keep health and safety concerns and precautions front and center for our employees, customers and the community during this time for however long experts tell us is necessary.
To read a transcript of Mayor Adler’s new full order, click here.