Austin is Excited To Welcome Your Event

Whenever you’re ready, know that Visit Austin and our local community are ready to welcome you.

Last updated May 5, 2021

Our team is focused on the future and ready to work with you to find creative solutions to make your meeting a success in whatever form it takes.  As you’re planning your Austin event, here’s what you and your attendees need to know.

Face Coverings & Social Distancing

Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required when inside, or when in an outdoor public space when it’s not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. Many businesses continue to require the use of face masks for staff and guests and may limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion. Learn More

Safety and Cleanliness Guidelines

For your meeting or event, look forward to an increased focus on cleanliness and social distancing at Austin hotels, restaurants, attractions and more.  Wondering what is open right now? Look for the Open Now filter throughout our website.

Hotels & Lodging

As of March 10, 2021, Austin hotels can accommodate overnight guests at full capacity. Indoor meetings and other indoor gatherings at hotels may occur at 100 percent capacity. Indoor areas of hotel restaurants, bars and other alcoholic beverage service outlets can operate at up to 100 percent maximum capacity and outdoor areas of restaurants and bars can operate at up to 100 percent capacity.  Note: many hotels continue to require the use of face masks for staff and guests and may limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.

Austin hotels have standardized safety and cleanliness guidelines as they welcome you back, keeping top of mind how to protect both their guests and employees. Stay up to date on what our hotels are doing to ensure your health and safety. Learn More

Individual hotels and hotel chains are sharing their safety plans to help address concerns as well.

Austin Convention Center & Palmer Events Center

The Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center are open and operating at 25 percent, and expect percentages to rise as the number of vaccinations increase. Events started in April for the Palmer Events Center and in May for the Austin Convention Center.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or face coverings are required by all individuals at all times while inside ACCD buildings. The Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD) has also implemented its Client Resource and Safety Action Plan. Developed in partnership with and under the guidance of local Austin Public Health officials, the Center for Disease Control guidelines, current federal and state guidelines and our Austin Convention Center Department executive team, this plan was commissioned to safeguard the health and well-being of clients, their events, its team members and the local Austin community. The plan outlines ACCD’s enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, physical and social distancing measures, requirements of all events, new responsibilities of venue employees and contractors, as well as modifications to food and beverage services. Learn More

In November 2020, the Austin Convention Center achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Austin Convention Center Department has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention for the facility. Learn More

Special Event Venues

Austin event venues are working diligently to welcome you back to their spaces safely. By practicing and following recommended protocols from local health organizations and industry partners. The Austin Center for Events is developing reopening guidelines for special event venues.  In the meantime, businesses are utilizing this venue guide for best practices.

Restaurants

Austin’s restaurants (including those found in hotels) are open for dine-in indoor and outdoor patio service with no occupancy limits (as of March 10, 2021). Masks are strongly encouraged and in many places, required by business owners. They are committed to providing a safe, comfortable and unforgettable experience while ensuring staff and customer health. Many restaurants are participating in a reopening agreement to help guests “Dine With Confidence.

Please check individual websites and social channels to confirm operating hours. Not ready to dine in just yet? You can easily find restaurants offering carryout, curbside or delivery service here.

Attractions

Many of Austin’s popular attractions, museums, and tour companies have reopened, with more opening every week.  Visit Austin is working to maintain the latest information on our website. Please check individual websites and social channels to confirm operating hours. Learn More

Live Music

In person live music experiences are returning slowly and safely. From an intimate lounge show at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre to an outdoor jam session at a hill country brewery, there’s something for everyone’s comfort level. Check out our events calendar for upcoming live music.

Prefer to take advantage of local live music virtually? Check out our list of streaming events and concerts here.

Getting Here

Air Travel
Airlines are implementing new procedures in response to COVID-19 and remain open for business. As travel begins to increase, these standards are critical for addressing concerns.  Learn more about what each airline is doing in response to health concerns from the pandemic. Read More

Here in Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has implemented many enhanced cleaning measures to ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees.  Travelers can stay up to date on what AUS is doing to support public health and learn about their commitment to your safety and well-being. Learn More

Getting Around

"Drive friendly" is one of our state mottos, and Austin is no exception. Getting to and from the airport - and all around town - is easy. Most major rental car and ride-hailing companies are available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and other standard transportation options are available.

Austin’s various transportation providers have put into place new safety guidelines to help guests travel responsibly and comfortably.

Shuttle Transportation

The Austin Transportation Department regulates ground transportation services within Austin to enhance safety and provide access to service for all users. Learn about different service providers and what each is doing to keep riders safe and comfortable here. Carter Transportation (formerly SuperShuttle / ExecuCar of Austin) is here for your transit needs whether it’s to and from the airport or around town to restaurants, wineries, and more. Learn More

Capital Metro Bus & MetroRail

From physical distancing protocols to enhanced features aboard their vehicles, CapMetro has updated its safety and cleaning measures to ensure you can get where you need to go without adding extra stress to your trip. Whether you’re riding the train or catching your bus, our services continue to be the safe, convenient and affordable option you can count on. Visit CapMetro.org for more information.