Mayor Adler issues shelter-in-place order for Austin to stop coronavirus spread

Neha Madhira

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a shelter-in-place order for the city of Austin on Tuesday, effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. through April 13, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

This order has been placed amid rising coronavirus cases locally and across the state. Travis and Williamson Counties are expected to issue a similar order. Travis County reported a total of 86 COVID-19 cases Monday.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or dwelling unit are prohibited, excluding essential travel and the activities of essential businesses.

Essential travel is any travel necessary for health safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of work such as at government service or critical infrastructure and to take care of others.

According to the order, travel to and from educational institutions to acquire materials for distance learning is permitted under necessary travel, as is travel to return “home from a closing university.”

Healthcare facilities, restaurants for consumption off-site, grocery stores, mail and delivery services and laundry services will stay open.

A violation of the order can mean up to 180 days in jail or up to a $1,000 fine.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this order but should, “to the greatest extent feasible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from any other person.”

The city of Austin suspends all deadlines imposed by city code, ordinance, rule or other regulation until May 1.