Coronavirus update in Austin: Texas begins to reopen May 1


AUSTIN, Texas — Friday, May 1, Texas will partially reopen in phase one of Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to gradually reopen the state. Some restaurants, malls, retail stores and movie theaters will reopen at a reduced capacity, but bars, gyms, nail salons and other businesses are not allowed to reopen. 

If you plan on going to a restaurant, you can expect to see some changes such as disposable menus and no condiments on the tables. Here's a checklist of what restaurants are recommended to do. Retail stores will also roll out recommendations for customers such as staying six feet away from others and wearing a face-covering or mask. Here's a list.

Scroll down for the top headlines and latest updates in KVUE's May 1 live blog.

Top Headlines:

COVID-19 Updates:

12:30 p.m. – Williamson County announces its 10th coronavirus death. So far, a total of 306 cases have been reported with 179 recoveries.

RELATED: LIST: Confirmed Central Texas coronavirus cases by county

12:04 p.m. – Fifteen local nonprofits have been selected to receive nearly $690,000 in grant funding from the Stand with Austin Fund. The fund was created by Austin Community Foundation in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Foundation to help individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW. 

"In wake of the COVID-19 virus and its economic fallout, so many have stepped forward to help,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler, said.

The list of nonprofits receiving grants and more information can be found here.

11:15 a.m. – The City of Wimberley issues a public health advisory to help citizens stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory follows guidelines from the CDC, including wearing face coverings at all times in public, continuing social distancing and staying home as much as possible.

For more information, click here.

9:20 a.m. –  The City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department (NHCD) announced they are giving $1.2 million in rental assistance to Austinites affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) program will distribute one-time rental subsidies through a lottery system. Residents must apply for the lottery through HACA’s RENT website here starting on May 4 and ending May 6. For more information, click here.

WATCH: Timeline: Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen Texas amid COVID-19 pandemic


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