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Last Updated: March 1, 2022
The health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination.
Austin Public Health (APH) has a color-coded chart to help you understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what to do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
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Does Visit Austin have a message for travelers?
Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination. Travelers to Austin should know that Visit Austin is in close contact with regional public health officials and elected officials, as well as with national travel associations, and will actively communicate with visitors if the situation changes.
Are there any closures of note for visitors to Austin, such as attractions, hotels, restaurants or meeting venues?
The State of Texas has announced a phased reopening of businesses and services. The Order, issued by Governor Abbott, provides guidance for employers, employees, and customers of reopened businesses. For more information on the Governor's orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.
Visit Austin is working hard to maintain current information about popular attractions, museums, tours, restaurants and hotels on our website. Please check individual websites and social channels to confirm operating hours. The Austin Visitor Center has re-opened after an extended closure. Find current hours and offerings here.
Public officials recommend visiting open businesses with the COVID-19 health recommendations in mind: wearing facial coverings in public places or at private indoor gatherings, washing your hands; refraining from touching your face; and staying home if you’re sick, among others.
What actions are being taken in Austin?
Austin Public Health (APH) is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies. Austin Public Health's dashboard illustrates the key indicators for moving between risk stages. Determine what stage Austin-Travis County here.
- Stage 1 (Green): Average of less than 5 (0-4) new COVID-19 hospital admissions in a 7-day period
- Stage 2 (Blue): Average of 5-14 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in 7-day period
- Stage 3 (Yellow): Average of 15-24 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period
- Stage 4 (Light Orange): Average of 25-50 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period
- Stage 5 (Red): Average of 50 or more new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the MSA in a 7-day period
At all times and levels, APH continues to urge the community to continue:
- Practice social distancing
- Wear facial coverings that fit snugly over your nose and mouth in public
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash hands often
- Avoid touching your face
- Clean commonly touched surfaces
Learn more at AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.
What do I need to know about air travel to/from Austin?
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) coordinates closely with Austin Public Health, the CDC, and other federal partners to ensure the safety and health of passengers. AUS has hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas, such as after TSA checkpoints, and signage communicating general hygiene best practices. The airport continues to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. Learn More
Many airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings along their journey. For this reason, we urge all travelers to come prepared and bring your own face covering to AUS. If you arrive at the airport without a face covering, limited supplies can be purchased inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal. The Transportation Security Administration allows, but does not require, passengers to wear masks during screening. A screening officer may ask for the mask to be adjusted to confirm the passenger’s identity. For more information on U.S.-based carrier’s requirements, please contact your airline. Visit this page for links to each airline's website.
What actions is the Austin Convention Center taking to ensure the safety of its meeting attendees?
The Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD) maintains a commitment to implementing industry-leading safety and sanitization measures. The Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center are both Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accredited facilities and are committed to keeping everyone’s visit safe and healthy.
Visitor and employee safety is a primary concern and assuring a healthy place to convene and work is their goal. The department has placed more hand sanitizers and hand cleaning stations around the facility. ACCD has increased frequency of cleanliness for restrooms, escalators, door handles and other primary places of contact that are frequently touched. Signage has been posted encouraging visitors and staff to continue following health suggestions. ACCD is in contact with Austin Public Health who is monitoring the situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, CDC, local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.
Effective August 12, 2021, masks are to be worn regardless of vaccination status in or on City property, and on property the City owns, manages or controls. This includes the Austin Convention Center and the Palmer Events Center. Learn More
Where can I go with urgent questions related to COVID-19?
If you think you are sick with COVID‑19, read more here about what to do. Should you have urgent questions for Austin Public Health about coronavirus information which haven’t already been addressed online or through regional updates, please call or email their team at 512-974-2000 / firstname.lastname@example.org.