Austin-area businesses see uptick in sales as tourists return post COVID-19

Jala Washington AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tourists are starting to trickle back into Austin, after more than a year away because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The weekend of May 21, visitors were here for the first-ever NASCAR race in…

A third Pfizer COVID-19 shot? Trial set to begin in Austin next month

taherarahman AUSTIN (KXAN) — As of Saturday, nearly 63% of people in Travis County ages 12 and up have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. On…

Defense Secretary Austin tells West Point cadets they’re ready

stephenlepore WEST POINT, N.Y. — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told U.S. Military Academy cadets Saturday they were graduating during “exceptionally tough circumstances” but that West Point prepared them to face the extraordinary threats from pandemics to terrorism….

APH now merely recommends masks for unvaccinated

spectrumlocalnews.com TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order prohibiting government entities and public health authorities from requiring facial coverings in public settings. That, combined with a relaxed COVID-19 guidance for vaccinated people recently…

Austin’s unemployment rate fell to 4.5% in April

Lori Hawkins In another sign that economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is underway, Austin’s unemployment rate last month fell below 5% for the first time since December 2020 and to its lowest point in a year. As…

Masks No Longer Required In Austin, Travis County

KUT Radio, Austin’s NPR Station Masks are no longer required in Austin and Travis County. Officials have turned local health rules related to face coverings into recommendations. Masking in public spaces is now optional, unless a business requires…

Masks no longer required by law, only guidelines in Austin, Texas

Heather Osbourne Austin Public Health on Friday announced that local mask mandates will no longer exist, but instead will morph into recommendations for what residents should do in public.  “We choose to focus our energy on fighting COVID in…

Austin City Limits returns in 2021, 3-day passes sell out

alexandercaprariello AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three-day passes for both weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival sold out in a record-breaking three hours. The annual music festival returns in October after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic….

Here’s Where People 12 And Up Can Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In Austin This Weekend

KUT Radio, Austin’s NPR Station Several providers in the Austin area are offering walk-in or drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination opportunities this weekend. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for people 12 and up. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson…

‘Deeply worrying’: Canadian ‘kids are in crisis’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and advocates warn

Jackie Dunham TORONTO — Social isolation, school closures, and restricted access to sports and recreational activities have all taken their toll on children’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Children’s Healthcare Canada, there has been a…