Austin-Travis County Health Authority announced today that Austin Public Health (APH) is moving into Stage 4 of the Risk-Based Guidelines. We are still seeing high numbers of people in who require care in intensive care units (ICUs) but the seven-day moving averages of new COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and positivity rates are continuing to drop in the Austin area. The Health Authority has said that the credit for this good news goes to the “power of people working together”.
As it relates to business operations in Austin, Stage 4 recommendations include the following:
• Fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask when participating in indoor gatherings, traveling, and dining or shopping, and should wear a mask for outdoor gatherings, if they are unable to socially distance.
• Partially or unvaccinated individuals should avoid gatherings, travel, dining, and shopping unless essential. Wear a mask when conducting essential activities.
As a reminder, these Risk-Based Guidelines describe five distinct stages of risk for Austin and Travis County and DO NOT signal changes to local rules or regulations for businesses. As always, these are “guidelines and recommendations for individual actions and behaviors based on levels of risk of exposure in the community.” APH was sure to remind the public that “everyone should continue to follow any additional requirements put in place by local businesses, venues, and schools regardless of their vaccination status or stage.”
The City is still maintaining www.ATXrecovers.com For additional business guidance and recommendations to help prioritize the well-being of employees and customers.