COVID-19 Updates

September 18, 2020 Update: The number of hospitalizations continues to go down in the Central Texas region. Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that starting Monday businesses such as retailers, gyms, restaurants, office spaces, manufacturers, museums and libraries will be able to open from a 50% to 75% capacity. Additionally, households in Travis County can now apply for emergency assistance through a relief program to possibly receive $2,000 in assistance. Those COVID-19 updates, along with information about the upcoming in person City Council meeting and tax/budget public hearing, the community blood drive this weekend, emergency preparedness and details about the upcoming November elections, including information on the local charter propositions going to voters can be found in today’s newsletter.  

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September 17, 2020 Update: Today, Governor Abbott announced that the lower number of hospitalizations will allow for certain areas of Texas to expand opening starting on Monday, September 21. Travis County is included in the expanded opening plan. On Monday, retail stores, restaurants, museums, libraries, office buildings, manufacturing businesses and gyms will be able to expand capacity from 50% to 75%. Additionally, hospitals will now be able to return to normal elective procedures. Nursing homes, long-term care facilities and other similar facilities will be allowed to open for visitations on September 24 given that a specific facility does not currently have an outbreak, and that proper health and safety protocols are followed. Bars will remain closed at this time. While cases and hospitalizations have dropped in many areas of Texas, the same health and safety protocols remain in place including the proper social/physical distancing guidelines, the limiting of no more than 10 individuals in a group, and the proper use of a face covering when around others not in your household. Click here to review the updated Open Texas checklist, which also includes protocol revisions for those businesses offering food service.

The Governor mentioned the State is using hospitalizations as the indicator of whether to further expand the opening of Texas. It was indicated that when there are 15% or more of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 for seven consecutive days, that would be the threshold for further restrictions. In our five-county hospital region, that percentage is currently at 3.7%. The peak in our area was at 24%. During the press conference this afternoon, the Governor also mentioned there will soon be ’millions’ of 15 minute rapid COVID-19 tests available for Texans.


September 11, 2020 Update: On this Patriot Day, we take time to honor and remember those who perished in the September 11, 2001 attacks. City flags will remain at half staff today. Click here to read the proclamation from President Trump. 

Reported cases of COVID-19 rose slightly over the past week, while hospitalizations continued to decline. There are roughly 17 daily hospitalizations over a seven-day period in our region, with a total of 117 individuals hospitalized. That number is down from 138 reported last week. It’s estimated there are approximately 646 active COVID-19 positive cases in Travis County. For more details on this information, along with news about managing residential trash, an upcoming paving project, a virtual National Night Out event, and more history on September 11, check out our newsletter, The Lake Way. Click here to read the latest community E-newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-newsletters, sent every Friday at noon to your email inbox. 


September 4, 2020 Update: The number of cases in Lakeway and Travis County dropped this week, along with regional hospitalizations. There are now an average of about 18 daily hospitalizations on a 7-day rolling average in our region. While the news is optimistic, it’s still important to continue to follow the appropriate social/physical distancing guidelines, limiting groups to no more than 10 and wearing an appropriate face covering in public, especially as we enter the Labor Day holiday weekend. We have additional Labor Day safety advice, along with information about an upcoming special City Council meeting, winners from our Alphabet Hide & Seek game, and special honors for our local WWII veterans all in our weekly newsletter. Click here to view the community newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-Newsletters, sent to your inbox every Friday at noon.

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. If you need to reach the police department, call (512) 261-2800. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! 


August 25, 2020 Update: Travis County announced today that are area is moving down to Stage 3 from Stage 4 of the Austin Public Health (APH) COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines. Even though this suggests loosened restrictions, APH stresses that residents should continue to practice all the necessary precautions to continue to reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate. In Stage 3, higher risk individuals should still avoid non-essential travel, dining and shopping. Everyone should still avoid social gatherings and any gatherings greater than 10 people. Additionally, everyone should still practice good hygiene, practice the appropriate social/physical distancing between others not in your household, and wear face coverings when appropriate. The lower daily hospital averages in the area, along with the number of current ICU and ventilator patients has helped APH determine that it’s time to lower the stage level. Additionally, the positivity rate has dropped in the Travis County area to 7.6 percent based on the last set of data. The APH goal is to still have a positivity rate below 5 percent by September 8, when most students could be resuming in-person classes. Click here to read more and learn more about the risk-based guidelines.

Mayor Cox will offer another update on the COVID-19 response in her weekly live address on Facebook this Thursday at 4 p.m., which is also available to view from our website. For those who attended last week, we apologize for the initial audio interruptions. The Mayor will answer questions from the comments section during the live broadcast. If you’d like to submit a question beforehand, please do so by emailing info@lakeway-tx.gov no later than 3 p.m. this Thursday, August 27.


August 21, 2020 Update: The number of reported cases in Travis County rose slightly this week compared to last week with 1,635 new reported cases since last Friday, up from 1,462 the previous week. However, hospitalizations in Central Texas are down. There are currently 227 individuals hospitalized in a five-county area, down from 274 the week before. The average daily hospitalizations on a seven day average have decreased to 27 from 33 compared to the previous week. Last weekend, Travis County put out a new Order rolling the proper social distancing guidelines, limit of groups to no more than 10, face covering mandate and health and safety protocols for businesses into one Order. There is also a potential fine for violations of the specifics in the Order ranging from $250 to $1,000.  Additionally, the new Order incorporates Austin Public Health guidelines for schools, day cares, businesses and vulnerable populations. Click here to review that updated Order. 

In other news this week, City Council has approved proposing a not to exceed tax increase of 3.5%. A final vote will happen in September after a public hearing. Lake Travis Fire Rescue has also put out some tips about fire safety with the hot, dry weather continuing. Also, we have several new officers sworn in over the past several weeks. Learn more details about these stories in our weekly newsletter, The Lake Way, sent every Friday at noon. Click here to read today’s newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters, sent weekly directly to your e-mail.


August 20, 2020 Update: Today is an Ozone Action Day, which means that ozone is expected to reach levels that are ’unhealthy for sensitive groups’ including seniors, adults with respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses, and outdoor workers. If you’re sensitive to Ozone, try to stay indoors as much as possible. You can also prevent Ozone pollution by limiting the use of your vehicle and sharing a ride, walking or riding a bicycle, and eating lunch at work. For more details, click here

Mayor Cox will be giving a live update on the COVID-19 response on our Facebook Channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) today at 4 p.m. The video will also be available to view from the middle of our homepage. Those attending the live presentation can ask questions in the comments section during the live broadcast. Questions can also be emailed by 3:30 p.m. today to info@lakeway-tx.gov.

Finally, today Governor Abbott announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has applied for additional unemployment benefit funding available by the Lost Wage Assistance Executive Order signed earlier this month. It could provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying Texans receiving unemployment. Eligible claimants should expect to receive the additional benefits on or after August 23, 2020. The funds would be backdated to the benefit week ending August 1, 2020. For more information, and to apply for unemployment benefits, click here


August 14, 2020 Update: The number of new cases in Travis County have slightly declined over the past week, along with hospitalizations in the Central Texas area. Cases in the Lake Travis specifically have remained relatively steady, with 30 new cases in the 78734, 78738 and 78669 zip codes over the past week. That’s compared to 29 new cases the week before. Additional details about cases and hospitalizations, along with news about another scheduled community blood drive and a new virtual family game launched by the Parks & Recreation Department can be found in our weekly E-newsletter. Click here to read the latest newsletter, sent every Friday at noon. If you’d like to sign up for future newsletters, click here 


August 7, 2020 Update: Mayor Sandy Cox gave a live update on the current state of COVID-19 in the Lake Travis area yesterday afternoon on Facebook Live. She also answered questions from residents. Click here to watch that video. While the number of reported cases has slightly increased county-wide since the previous week, hospitalizations have slightly declined. The latest information about COVID-19, along with news about the upcoming RM 620 median project and a note about winners from our Virtual Fishing Derby can be found in the community newsletter released today at noon. Click here to read the E-Newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters, sent every Friday at noon by email. 

This weekend and well into next week, temperatures are forecast to be over 100 degrees, with abundant sunshine and low to no chances of rain. Heat indexes will also be well above 100 degrees. Try to avoid direct sunshine for prolonged periods, wear light colored clothing and face coverings, and drink plenty of water. Click here for more information from the National Weather Service. 


August 6, 2020 Update: Mayor Sandy Cox will provide another update on the COVID-19 response this afternoon at 4 p.m. live on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway). The live and recorded version will also be available to view from the middle of our website. Questions will be answered from those posted in the comments section during the live broadcast. If you’d like to send in a question, email us at info@lakeway-tx.gov by 3:30 p.m. today. 


July 31, 2020 Update: The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Travis County declined this week. A seven-day rolling average of hospital admissions in our Central Texas region dropped from near 60 this time last week to now around 40, putting Travis County on the lowest end of Stage 4 according to the county risk-based assessment tracking tool. COVID-19 was not the only safety-related news this week. Residents across the country including here in Texas have been receiving unsolicited seed packets that appear to come from China. The Texas Department of Agriculture has sent a warning not to use the seeds as they could be dangerous for the local ecosystem. Click here for those details. We also have updates on the RM 620 median project and a note about how veterans can apply to have their names included on the Spirit of Freedom Monument at Heritage Park. All of this information is detailed in our weekly E-Newsletter, sent every Friday at noon. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here to sign up for future weekly newsletters, sent straight to your inbox. 

Even though there is optimistic news about COVID-19 cases here in Travis County this week, please still continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing guidelines (stay six-feet from others not in your household) and wear a face covering in public when around others.


July 24, 2020 Update: Mayor Cox gave the latest updates related to COVID-19 in the weekly Facebook Live address yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. Click here to watch that video. Overall, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Travis County have started leveling off the past week. The seven-day moving average for COVID-19 hospitalizations went from close to 70 this time last week, to just under 60 as of the most recent update last night. While the number of cases have begun to trend downward the past week county-wide, local cases have slightly increased the past week. Click here to read those details and the latest updates in the weekly community newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-Newsletters, sent every Friday at noon. 

Finally, we want to give a shout-out to Captain David Crowder. This week, he celebrated 25 years with the Lakeway Police Department. Captain Crowder is the second in command of our police force, and oversees the city’s emergency management efforts, along with programs such as Public Safety Day and National Night Out. Congratulations for 25 years of service Captain Crowder! 

Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing guidelines (stay six-feet from others not in your household) and wear a face covering in public when around others.


July 17, 2020 Update: A video is now available to view of the Facebook Live yesterday afternoon, which included medical professionals from Baylor Scott and White - Lakeway giving an update on hospitalizations in the Lake Travis area. It also included a question and answer session. Click here to view that video. This information, along with details about the 2020 Census and summer safety tips can be found in the weekly community E-Newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-Newsletters, sent every Friday at noon by email.

Another highlight in the newsletter is a new virtual contest you can do with your family. The Lakeway Parks & Recreation Department has launched a Virtual Fishing Derby! Grab your rod and reel, and head out to a legal waterway like Lake Travis to try your skills at nabbing the Biggest Catch, Smallest Catch or Most Unique Catch. Then, take a picture of your catch with a measuring device, and send that snapshot to parks@lakeway-tx.gov. You could win a prize for one of the three categories previously listed. Last day to submit a properly time-stamped picture will be Sunday, August 2 at 12 p.m. Click here for all the details, including a link to Texas fishing regulations and licenses. 

Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing guidelines (stay six-feet from others not in your household) and wear a face covering in public when around others.


July 16, 2020 Update: Medical professionals with Baylor Scott and White - Lakeway will participate in the weekly Facebook Live conversation this afternoon to give an update from our local hospital related to COVID-19 and answer your medical-related questions. Dr. Crowe, Dr. Salman and BSW-Lakeway President Philippe Bochaton will be on hand with Mayor Cox live on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) starting at 4 p.m. The live Facebook feed will also be available to view from the middle of our website homepage. You can ask your questions in the comments section or email your questions to info@lakeway-tx.gov by 3:30 p.m. today.  

Additionally, Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) has sent out an announcement this week regarding the upcoming school year. Remote learning will begin for students on Wednesday, August 19. Austin Public Health has ordered school districts to delay the reopening of campus face-to-face instruction until after September 7. This also includes athletics and extracurricular activities. Click here for more details. 

Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing guidelines (stay six-feet from others not in your household) and wear a face covering in public when around others.


July 10, 2020 Update: Travis County has issued a new Order taking effect tomorrow, which extends the previous County Order and mirrors the Governor’s newest Order mandating face coverings and prohibiting groups of no more than 10 individuals. There are certain limited exceptions for both. The County Order does include a possible fine not to exceed $1,000 for violating the section pertaining to gatherings. Individuals could be fined up to $250 for violating the Order regarding face coverings. Click here to read the newest Order. 

These details, along with updates from the police department, information about business grants, a deadline for film festival submissions and voting information is included in the latest community newsletter. Click here to read The Lake Way. Click here to sign up for future community E-Newsletters, sent by email every Friday at noon. 

Additionally, the Lakeway Community Blood Drive is still scheduled to take place at the Activity Center on Saturday, July 18 starting at 8 a.m. Organizers will ensure that the proper health and safety protocols are in place during the drive. There are limited slots available, but appointment are necessary. Walk-ins will not be accepted. If you’re interested in making an appointment, visit weareblood.org and use Group Code A197, or email lakewaycommunityblooddrive@gmail.com. Click here for more information. 

Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing guidelines (stay six-feet from others not in your household) and wear a face covering in public when around others.


July 3, 2020 Update: Face coverings are now mandatory in public spaces according to the Governor’s most recent Order released yesterday afternoon. Additionally, gatherings cannot be larger than 10. Our major public parks are also now closed, and will plan to re-open on Tuesday at 8 a.m. While the Fourth of July festivities planned for this weekend are canceled due to the pandemic, there are still ways you can celebrate the holiday with your family and friends in a safe way. Click here to read all the details in the community E-Newsletter released at noon today. 

We want to see pictures of how you are safely celebrating this weekend. Send your holiday pictures to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tag us on social media (@cityoflakeway) by this Sunday. We’ll put together a community collage on Monday, and share the pictures we received. 

Finally, city offices are closed today. And please remember that fireworks are prohibited in Lakeway.

Stay safe, healthy and please make sure to follow the appropriate health and safety protocols this weekend. Have a Happy Fourth of July from the City of Lakeway!


July 2, 2020 Update: Austin Public Health sent out a text and automated emergency alert call yesterday evening announcing that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the area. The message encouraged individuals to stay home and avoid household gatherings as the holiday weekend approaches. While the message is not new, it’s important to reiterate. When in public spaces stay six-feet from others and wear a face covering. Wash your hands frequently. While the parade, ceremony and fireworks show have been canceled this year here in Lakeway, we’ll have some ideas on how to celebrate the Fourth of July safely in tomorrow’s community E-newsletter. 

Additionally, you’ll probably notice several American flags along the streets here in Lakeway. Over the last few days, our Parks & Recreation Department has placed around 2,800 flags along the roads and entry-ways throughout the City. We hope you get a chance to see them! 

Finally, Mayor Cox will give an update on the latest related to COVID-19 in the weekly Facebook Live update this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. You can tune into the live broadcast on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), which is also accessible from our website homepage. Email info@lakeway-tx.gov if you have questions you would like the Mayor to address by 3:30 p.m. or you can ask your questions in the comments section of the broadcast.  


June 30, 2020 Update:  The fireworks show planned for this weekend in place of the parade and Pageantry of Flags ceremony has been canceled. Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations the past few weeks, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe sent a letter to local mayors recommending leaders cancel publicly sponsored events and close public spaces in advance of the 4th of July weekend in order to discourage social gatherings and therefore discourage the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the full letter from Travis County. 

Additionally, per the County’s recommendations, all public city parks will close starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, and will plan to re-open Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop rapidly. Please keep an eye on our website for more important updates. 

Finally, Austin Public Health has adjusted the county risk-based guidelines to accommodate for updated information regarding hospital capacity and current data. Travis County is currently in Stage 4 of the risk-based guidelines. The updated guidelines creates a higher threshold to reach Stage 5. According to the hospital systems, our five-county area (including Travis County) has approximately 1,500 beds available to treat COVID-19 patients, with currently 305 individuals hospitalized. Currently, the majority of COVID-19 patients stay in the hospital nine days or less. The seven day hospital average admissions in our five-county area is now 53, which is nearly double the average 8 days ago. With the updated guidelines, Stage 5 would be triggered at an average of 123 hospital admissions on a seven-day average (unless there is a faster rate of increase, which would trigger Stage 5 sooner). Click here to read more.  Click here to review the new hospital data dashboard. Click here to review the current case dashboard.  

Please continue to practice the proper social/physical distancing and wear a face covering in public when around others. Please also remember that individuals shall not socialize in groups of more than 10 and gatherings of 100 or more are prohibited by County Order


June 26, 2020 Update: Testing will now be made available from Lakeway-Baylor Scott & White tomorrow (Saturday, June 27)  for those involved in the large gathering in the Spicewood area of Western Travis County this past weekend. Click here for details on getting a test for those involved and their parents, along with an important statement from Austin Public Health. If you believe you were exposed, it’s important to also contact your family physician and self-isolate.

Due to the recent developments this week related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Movies In The Park showing of the Lion King has been canceled for this evening at City Park. Additionally, Dive-In Movies at the Swim Center has been canceled for the remainder of the summer season. Please keep an eye on our website for the latest updates. 

Due to the rise in cases and increased hospitalizations the past week, Governor Abbott signed an Executive Order this morning closing bars, and also rafting/tubing businesses. Restaurants will need to scale back their seating capacity from 75% to 50% starting on Monday. Effective today, hospitals in Travis County must postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition. Contact your doctor if you think your procedure may be affected. If you have a medical emergency, still continue to seek treatment. Also, Travis County is now prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 individuals starting today. No one should be in groups of more than 10, while practicing the proper social/physical distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering in public. Click here to review the current Orders in place. 

These updates, including more details were released in this afternoon’s weekly community E-Newsletter. Click here to read the updates. 

Please continue to follow the proper health and safety guidelines, including washing your hands regularly, limiting contact with others outside your household, keeping more than 6-feet from others outside your household, and wearing a face covering in public when around others.


June 24, 2020 Update: This afternoon, Austin Public Health officials along with other medical experts in the region gave an update on the increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Central Texas. It was indicated that there are now close to an average of 40 hospital admissions on a seven-day rolling average, up from an average of 20 just a few weeks ago. That puts Austin-Travis County closing in on the middle of Stage 4, which includes recommendations asking those over age 65 and with health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes to stay home when possible and not gather in groups of more than two. Others should not gather in groups of more than 10. Face coverings are strongly encouraged in public to protect others, and now mandatory in businesses providing goods and services. There are currently 236 individuals hospitalized in a five-county area, which has increased over the past few weeks. There are around 1,500 hospital beds (including those already in use) for COVID-19 patients in the area. New data shown by Austin Public Health officials during the announcement today indicated that if the current trajectory continues, hospital COVID-19 capacity could be reached by the middle of July. For those that are having emergency-related illnesses other than COVID-19, the medical professionals during the announcement today urged for them to still seek treatment if necessary. If you have an emergency, you should call 9-1-1. Click here to view the daily COVID-19 tracking tool, which includes an interactive map to see cases by your zip code. 

Governor Abbott addressed the increase in cases and hospitalizations earlier this week in a press conference, and urged Texans to follow the proper health guidelines. The Governor addressed steps the state is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19. 

"COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled," said Governor Abbott. "We have several strategies to reduce the spread without shutting Texas back down, but it is up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and others. We need all Texans to follow the safety protocols developed by our team of medical experts, including staying home if you are sick or at risk, sanitizing your hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings or masks. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread of it. Texans have shown that we don’t have to choose between jobs and health—we can have both. We can protect lives while also restoring livelihoods. Together, we will keep Texans safe and we will keep our state open for business."

The Governor also adapted his current order yesterday to expand the ability for local government to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people. The Governor also directed Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to enact emergency rules that provide strict health and safety standards and procedures related to COVID-19 for child care centers. These two actions are based on data showing an increase in COVID-19 transmission stemming from large gatherings and child care centers. Click here for more details. 

Mayor Cox will give an update on the latest related to COVID-19 on the weekly Facebook Live update tomorrow (Thursday) at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway). The city’s Facebook channel and video will be accessible through our website homepage as well, so you don’t need a Facebook account to watch. Email info@lakeway-tx.gov with questions you may have, or you can ask them during the live broadcast tomorrow. 

Please continue to follow the proper health and safety guidelines, including washing your hands regularly, limiting contact with others outside your household, keeping more than 6-feet from others outside your household, and wearing a face covering in public when around others.


June 19, 2020 Update: Travis County has issued a supplemental Order for businesses, now requiring the use of face coverings. The new Order is in effect until August 15, and outlines that all commercial entities in Travis County providing goods and services to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy. The policy must outline at a minimum that all employees and visitors wear face coverings. Failure to implement the policy by June 23, 2020 may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation, according to the Order. Additionally, individuals attending gatherings of more than 500 people are required to also wear a face covering, unless otherwise exempted by the Governor’s Orders. The new Order also gives a sample health and safety policy for businesses to use. Click here to view the Order. 

Mayor Cox also gave an update about the recent Orders in yesterday’s weekly Facebook Live update. Click here to watch that video. Tune in every Thursday at 4 p.m. on our Facebook Channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), for the latest live updates. If you don’t have a Facebook account, that’s ok. Our Facebook Channel is also viewable from the middle of our City homepage. You don’t need an account to access the content, or view the video. 

You can also read more about the updated Orders in place, along with information about the new grant program available to small businesses, city job openings, Father’s Day ideas, and a history note about Juneteenth in our weekly E-newsletter, The Lake Way released this afternoon. Click here to read the latest newsletter. Click here to sign up for future community E-newsletters, sent every Friday at noon through email.

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands regularly; practice the appropriate ’physical’ distancing; and wear face coverings when appropriate. 


June 18, 2020 Update: Yesterday evening (June 17), Travis County reported the highest number of cases to date of positive COVID-19 test results, with 220 cases reported county-wide. That number is the highest since Tuesday (June 9) last week when the previous high was 161 COVID-19 positive results. In the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), there have been 68 COVID-19 cases confirmed, which is up by around 10 from this time last week. While hospitalizations have also increased, Governor Abbott indicated in a press conference earlier in the week that there is still plenty of hospital capacity available. His team displayed slides by region, which indicated there are a total of 3,250 hospital beds in the Central Texas region, with 910 total beds currently available, or about 28%. There are an additional 1,449 surge beds available in Central Texas as well if needed.  There are currently 173 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 in a five-county area (including Travis County). Click here to review all of the data in detail, including an interactive case map by zip code. 

Travis County has established a COVID-19 isolation facility, which provides free lodging and services to those that do not have the ability to safely self-isolate. The facility is for a person testing positive for COVID-19, a person who has symptoms, or those that need to self-monitor due to COVID-19 exposure. The facility offers lodging, meals, WiFi, television, hygiene products, in-room telephone and basic medical care. Security and a medical team are also on site at the facility. Click here for more details, or call (512) 810-7554 if you need to make lodging arrangements. 

Mayor Cox will outline the latest updates related to COVID-19 in the weekly address this afternoon. You can tune into the Facebook Live stream at 4 p.m. this afternoon by going to facebook.com/cityoflakeway, which is also accessible from our website. You do not need a Facebook account to view the video. Email questions to info@lakeway-tx.gov beforehand, or you can ask your questions in the comments section of our Facebook page. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; continue to practice the appropriate ’physical’ distancing; and while not mandatory per the Governor’s Order, wearing a face covering in public is still strongly encouraged. 


June 15, 2020 Update: This afternoon Austin Public Health officials gave a press conference indicating that Travis County is now in Phase 4 of a risk-based assessment tool (up from Stage 3), which means there are now more than 20 COVID-19 daily hospitalizations based on a 7-day rolling average in our region. Hospital occupancy is currently at about 70% (includes all patients, not just COVID-19) in a five-country region (including Travis County), according to Austin Public Health officials. The enhanced risk guidelines now encourage those who are at higher risk of the virus (those over age 65 and with conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure) to limit gatherings to no more than 2 individuals outside their household. Lower risk individuals should still keep groups to no more than 10, while continuing to practice the appropriate social/physical distancing guidelines, and while not mandatory per the Governor’s Orders, wearing a face covering is still highly encouraged in public. It was also mentioned that the public should consider only going to places where other individuals are using the proper social/physical distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering around others. Click here to view the risk-based guidelines. Travis County is expected to update the county-wide Order later today, and we will get that added to our current Orders located by clicking here.   

While some city facilities are open to a limited capacity, City Hall remains closed to in-person traffic. The City Council meeting this evening will be available to view live through video conference starting at 6:30 p.m. Click here to view the agenda. Click here to connect to the place to view the live feed. 

A pre-application eligibility questionnaire is now available for local businesses to fill out for the Travis County (TCTX) Thrive Small Business Program. This program offers grants of up to $40,000 to qualifying local businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon filling out the questionnaire, eligible businesses will then be invited to submit a full application. The grants are provided through the Coronavirus Relief Fund via the CARES Act. Some eligible expenses include rent, utility payments, supplier/vendor payments, sanitation supplies and payroll expenses. The pre-application questionnaire must be submitted before July 3, 2020. Click here to learn more. For businesses, click here to fill out the questionnaire. 

The 2020 Lakeway Residents Directory published by the Lakeway Civic Corporation is now available online and in print. Click here to view the online version. Additionally, the Lakeway Community Blood Drive is now accepting reservations for the July blood drive. Click here to register. These updates, along with other details are now available in the community E-newsletter, released every Friday at noon through email. Click here to read the e-newsletter. Click here to sign up for future community newsletters. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. 


June 11, 2020 Update: Austin-Travis County has reported the highest single day COVID-19 positive test result numbers over the last three days, with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday reporting more than 100 confirmed positive test results each day. Tuesday saw the highest number in Travis County with 161 reported positive test results received on that date. Austin Public Health officials indicate it takes several days between when someone is tested and results come back. That coupled with when  potential symptoms show up before testing, could mean more than a week from the time someone began the onset of symptoms of the disease to when the results officially show up. Austin Public Health also reported this week the positivity rate is 9.2%, which is a comparison of the number of individuals tested to those whose results come back as positive. Austin Public Health officials don’t believe recent protests throughout the region have yet factored into the current numbers, and the results displayed this week could be the result of the Memorial Day holiday and before. There are currently 104 individuals hospitalized in a five-county central Texas area (including Travis County). There have been 57 reported COVID-19 cases in the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), which is an increase of 5 since last Friday. 

Mayor Cox will go over these details and give further updates in the Facebook Live address this afternoon at 4 p.m. You can watch it by going to our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), or by scrolling down to the News section of our website homepage. Email questions to info@lakeway-tx.gov or ask those questions in the comments section of the live feed. 


June 5, 2020 Update: The 4th of July Celebration will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In yesterday’s weekly update on Facebook Live, Mayor Cox announced that there will not be a traditional parade or ceremony this year to ensure the health and safety of our residents. However, a city Fireworks show and display for that evening is currently in the works. The details will be released in the next week or two, but expect an amazing display by our Parks & Recreation Department. Click here to watch the Mayor’s update from yesterday afternoon, which outlines the Governor’s most recent Orders. 

Additionally, the entire Swim Center will be opening Monday to a limited capacity. No more than 150 individuals will be allowed in the facility at one time per the Governor’s direction to reduce public pool capacity. Swim equipment will not be available for checkout, and changing rooms will be closed. However, restrooms will be open. Click here for additional details and hours (Please note: The Swim Center is not typically open on Mondays, so after the initial opening, regular operating hours will resume). 

These details along with other updates can be found in our weekly E-Newsletter distributed this afternoon. Click here to read the community newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters, sent every Friday at noon through email.


June 4, 2020 Update: Yesterday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Phase 3 plan to "Open Texas," which starts immediately. All businesses that have been operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy now to 50%, with certain exceptions. The 50% limit does not apply to outdoor areas, events, or establishments except for professional/collegiate sporting events, swimming pools, water parks, museums, libraries, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, rodeos and equestrian events. There is no occupancy limit for religious services, child care services, recreational adult/youth sporting programs, or youth camps according to the Order. Additionally, the 50% occupancy limit does not apply to hair salons, barber shops, nail shops, massage establishments, tattoo/piercing studios and other personal care and beauty services given that these establishments operate by the six-feet social distancing guidelines. Restaurants may also now expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons. On June 12, restaurants will be able to expand occupancy levels to 75%. The Governor’s Order also outlines that people should still not be in groups larger than 10 and should maintain six feet of social distancing from those not in their group. People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible. Face coverings, while not mandatory, are also still encouraged in public. Click here to read the current Orders in place. Click here for a list of protocols for each business/activity allowed to expand capacity.

The Governor’s Office is tracking several numbers and relying on advice from several medical professionals in planning each phase. Governor Abbott’s Office mentioned that between May 26 and June 2, over 45% of new cases came from jails or prisons, meat packing plants and nursing homes. There are 1,487 Texans hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of yesterday’s report. There are 20,679 active cases as of yesterday’s report in the state and an estimated 45,858 Texans have recovered from the disease.

Mayor Cox will be giving a live update on the changes this afternoon at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), which is also available to view from the homepage of our website (scroll down to the news section on the main site). If you have questions, you can email them at info@lakeway-tx.gov by 3 p.m. this afternoon, or ask those questions in the comments section of the Facebook Live feed. Click here to connect with our Facebook page.  


June 1, 2020 Update: An amended local COVID-19 Order for Lakeway is now posted, taking effect starting today. The updated Order falls in line with the Governor’s Orders currently in place, and includes information about facilities and committee meetings. According to the updated local Order, additional sections of the Swim Center will open on June 8, and will follow the Governor’s current health and safety protocols including limiting capacity to 25%. The lap pool has already been open the last few weeks following these protocols. The Activity Center will also be able to begin operation again starting today to allow for summer camps and classes to open up. Capacity will also be limited to 25% with proper social/physical distancing guidelines in place. Some other facilities including City Hall and the Heritage Center will remain closed for the time being to in-person visits, however operations will still resume. Click here to connect to a list of contacts for the City. All city boards, committees and commissions will not meet until further notice except for Zoning and Planning Commission, City Building Commission, Charter Review Committee, Economic Development Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Committee. All of those meetings, including the City Council meetings will be conducted through video conference. Click here to review the current Orders in place. 

Additionally, the agenda for the Special City Council meeting for this evening is posted and available by clicking here. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Click here to connect to the video section on our website where the live meeting will be hosted.


May 29, 2020 Update: Today’s community E-Newsletter is now available to view, and includes information about the additional activities allowed to open this week per the Governor’s Orders, an updated risk assessment tool from the County, a local scam alert to be aware of, and information about the special City Council meeting scheduled for Monday. Click here to read the E-Newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters, sent every Friday at noon to your email inbox.


May 28, 2020 Update*: Governor Abbott announced earlier this week that further activities will be allowed to begin operating this week. Driver education programs are able to begin immediately, along with the opening of shopping mall food courts with proper social distancing guidelines in place. Water parks will be able to open starting tomorrow with limited 25% capacity. Adult recreational programs will be able to start practices this Sunday, but games and competitions will not be able to take place until June 15. Day youth camps, overnight youth camps and professional sporting leagues will be able to begin on Sunday as well. Spectators are not allowed for indoor events. However, outdoor events can open to spectators with a 25% capacity. Click here for a link to all of the downloadable health protocol sheets for each business/activity allowed to begin opening statewide. 

Per the Governor’s Orders to allow more activities to start, City summer activities, including youth sports and summer camps will begin in June, while following proper social distancing guidelines. Many of the programs will be taking place outdoors. Starting June 1, Tai Chi, Therapeutic Yoga and Tae Kwon Do will begin hosting adult classes. For youth activities, KidVenture and Player2Player Beach Volleyball at City Park will take place early next week.  Click here for a link of available classes/youth programs and to make your reservation. The paperback library is also open in the Activity Center with limited capacity and proper social distancing guidelines. Please call (512) 261-1010 if you would like to visit the paperback library to ensure there is enough space available. You are also welcome to drop off books at the front desk or in the Activity Center lobby. Additionally, Movies In The Park will make a comeback starting June 12 with the showing of "Secret Life of Pets 2." The free movies will begin at dusk (8:45 p.m.) on the lower level of City Park. If you come out, please be sure to bring your snacks and blanket, and follow proper social distancing guidelines between family units.    

The Lake Travis Community Library is now offering contact-less curbside reserve pick up. You can make a reservation by clicking here to the library catalog, or calling (512) 263-2885. You will also use the same phone number to call once you have arrived at the library to pick up your reserved item. The items will be placed on a table outside the front door. Curbside hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The hours for Saturday and Sunday are noon to 2 p.m. If you’re looking to return an item, there are book drops in front of the library. Click here for more information. 

*There will be NO Facebook Live update this afternoon on our Facebook channel. Please tune in next week for our next Facebook Live update from the City as more summer activities launch. 


May 22, 2020 Update: More businesses are able to start opening today per the Governor’s Phase 2 plan to ’Open Texas’ including bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and skating rinks. Additionally, the Governor has lifted air travel restrictions for those coming in from area ’hot spots’ across the country. There will no longer be a mandatory quarantine period for those traveling in from other states. These details, including many others were released this afternoon in the community E-Newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-Newsletters, sent every Friday at noon. 

Lakeway has a tradition of honoring those service members who gave their life for our country in a special Memorial Day Ceremony. Unfortunately, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, a traditional in-person service was not able to take place this year. However, we are in the final stages of producing a special video tribute that will be released early Monday, May 25. The presentation will feature a speech by Major General (R), USAF, Rod Kelly, prayer, wreath laying, color and service flag presentation, and patriotic music by members of the Lakeway Sing Along. Please visit the homepage of our website Memorial Day morning to view this special video presentation. 

And as we enter into the Memorial Day weekend, please continue to practice proper social distancing guidelines, and, even though it’s no longer mandatory, consider wearing a face covering in public to help protect others. Also, please don’t drink and drive. Thank you for continuing to adapt in this difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day weekend.


May 18, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced this afternoon that more businesses in Texas can begin to open starting this week as part of the State’s Phase 2 plan. Gyms, manufacturing services and office spaces were able to open using specific safety protocols today in the Phase 1 plan, including limiting to a 25% capacity. As part of Phase 2, starting today, personal beauty services, including massage businesses, youth clubs and child care centers will be able to begin operation using specific outlined protocols. Additionally, starting this Friday, restaurants will be able to expand to 50% capacity. Bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeo/equestrian events, zoos, aquariums and natural caverns will also be able to open this Friday using specific safety protocols. On May 31, day youth camps, summer camps and professional sports without in-person spectators will be able to begin operations using the State’s outlined safety protocols. On June 1, summer schools can open with proper social distancing in place. Governor Abbott announced the State has been using the COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations (including available hospital capacity) to help determine next steps. The statewide positivity rate (number of tests compared to positive results) this past week was just below 5%, compared to 13.8% in early April. Mayor Cox will outline the latest changes in the the city’s regular Facebook Live update this Thursday at 4 p.m. at facebook.com/cityoflakeway. Click here for details regarding the "Open Texas" list of businesses able to begin opening, and downloadable protocols for each. 

Austin Public Health has updated the COVID-19 tracking dashboard for the Travis County area to now include details about the number of new COVID-19 cases per day, hospitalizations per day and a daily tracker of the date individuals started reporting symptoms. As of today, there are currently 2,459 cumulative cases in the Travis County area. In the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), there have been a total of 43 cases to date. Click here to review the updated dashboard. 

The City Council meeting for this evening will be conducted through video conference starting at 6:30 p.m. Click here to connect to the video page. Click here to review the agenda for this evening’s meeting. 

Finally, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office sent out a warning today to be aware of certain pills, and the possibility they could be deadly. There were two deaths in the past week where oxycodone was found, suspected to contain fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are assisting with the investigations and will test the pills for their actual contents. Click here for additional details. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 15, 2020 Update: More businesses, including gyms, office spaces and manufacturing services will be able to open starting Monday per Governor Greg Abbott’s Order. There are specific guidelines and protocols these businesses must follow if they choose to open, including operating at 25% occupancy. Click here to download individual business protocols. Click here to review the current Orders in place. Additionally, the lap pool at the Swim Center will open Monday following the Governor’s guidelines, including limiting occupancy to no more than 25%. Mayor Cox outlined all of the current Orders in place in her speech through Facebook Live yesterday afternoon. Click here to view that video. For additional updates this week, including details on COVID-19 cases, please read today’s community E-Newsletter by clicking here. This E-newsletter is sent every Friday at noon. You can click here to sign up for future newsletters.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of many events so far this year. Unfortunately, the annual Lakeway Memorial Day event will not be able to be held this year as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, a virtual tribute is being produced, and will be available to view on our website Memorial Day morning (Monday, May 25). Please check back on our website that morning for a link to the special video tribute. 

As Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway schedules surgeries and procedures, the team with the hospital wanted to pass along their COVID-19 Safe Care plan, which includes new preventative measures and care options to help keep patients safe while receiving their care. The plan includes the testing of patients, information about virtual waiting rooms and care options, masking guidelines, and enhanced cleaning and touch-free protocols. Click here to review BSW’s Safe Care plan. Click here to read a letter from the president of BSW - Lakeway. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 14, 2020 Update: Austin Public Health has released new COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines indicating five distinct stages of risk to the public. It provides recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the pandemic by outlining steps you can take based on whether you’re in the high risk category or at lower risk. Based on an assessment, Austin Public Health currently considers Austin-Travis County to be in the Stage 3 risk category. This means individuals are advised to practice good hygiene, stay home if sick, avoid other people who are sick, maintain social distancing, wear facial coverings, avoid all social gatherings and any gatherings of more than 10 people, avoid dining and shopping except with precautions (for lower risk individuals) or as essential (for higher risk individuals), avoid non-essential travel (for higher risk individuals) and individuals are allowed to return to work places in essential and reopened businesses only. This is similar to information expressed over the past few months, but important to reiterate and keep as a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is still continuing even though some activities have started to open over the past few weeks. Thank you for continuing to keep each other safe and follow these important guidelines. Click here for additional details and to view the new chart. 

Mayor Cox will be giving the latest updates and answer your questions related to COVID-19 this afternoon at 4 p.m. on our Facebook page (facebook.com/cityoflakeway). This will also be accessible from our website. If you have questions, please email them by 3:30 p.m. to info@lakeway-tx.gov or ask your questions in the comments section of our Facebook Live post. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 13, 2020 Update: Due to the weather, the Texas flyover of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be delayed one hour this afternoon. Instead of beginning from the Leander area at 2:40 p.m., the flyover will begin at 3:40 p.m. If the flight plan remains the same, the Thunderbirds should be over the Lakeway and Lake Travis area around 4 p.m. Click here for the latest updates from the Thunderbirds Twitter account. 


May 12, 2020 Update: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be flying over the Lake Travis skies tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, May 13) to honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers. The 6 f-16C/D Fighting Falcons will be flying in formation in Western Travis County around the 3 p.m. time frame. They will start at 2:40 p.m. in the Leander area, winding through Georgetown and Austin, and then fly west over southern parts of Lakeway, circling around Lake Travis, and then back north over Hudson Bend before heading south towards San Antonio. Residents will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their homes, and should maintain social/physical distancing guidelines during the event. Click here to view the detailed flight path. Click here for more details.  

Mayor Cox will be giving another update on the COVID-19 local response this Thursday at 4 p.m. through Facebook Live. The channel is accessible from our Facebook page (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), and also our website. If you have questions you’d like answered, email us at info@lakeway-tx.gov. You can also ask questions in the comments section of the live broadcast. Click here to view the Mayor’s previous update, which includes details about the current Orders in place. 

Governor Greg Abbott has directed state agencies to test all residents and staff for COVID-19 in Texas nursing homes. The Governor instructed these agencies to develop and implement a plan based on guidance from federal government officials. Click here for more information. 

Finally, a Tornado Watch remains in effect for Travis County through 5 p.m. this afternoon, meaning conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes. Tornadoes were confirmed earlier this morning east and southeast of Austin. Flash flooding could also be a concern for the remainder of the day. Be sure to monitor local weather reports for the latest update. Click here to connect to the National Weather Service (NWS). 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 8, 2020 Update: Travis County issued updated "Stay Home" Orders today, which follows the Governor’s updated Orders earlier this week allowing more businesses to open. The updated Travis County Orders are in place through June 15, and encourage face coverings when in public and ask to continue practicing social/physical distancing guidelines if not conducting essential activities or outlined re-opened activities per the Governor’s Orders. According to the Orders, "all indoor or outdoor public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or residence continue to be prohibited, except for the limited purposes of providing or obtaining essential services and reopened services or engaging in daily activities outlined in the Governor’s Order."  Click here to review the updated Order. Additionally, Travis County extended an Order prohibiting evictions or notices to vacate through June 1, unless certain conditions were identified. Click here to review that updated Order. 

Also starting today, more businesses are allowed to begin re-opening. Per the Governor’s Orders earlier this week, hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, tanning salons and other cosmetology businesses will be allowed to re-open starting today by following specific health and safety protocols. Swimming pools will also be allowed to open if they’re operating at 25% capacity. The Swim Center lap pool will plan to open on May 18, and will follow these guidelines. Other portions of the Swim Center will remain closed. These details, along with some Mother’s Day ideas and other activities are outlined in today’s city e-newsletter. Click here to read today’s newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters, sent every Friday at noon. 

A $5.8 million federal grant for Texas will help allow 31 local mental health and behavioral authorities to connect Texans to short-term crisis counseling services related to COVID-19. These services include reducing stress, providing emotional support, and referrals to other disaster recovery programs. The FEMA grant is expected to help more than 260,00 residents across the state. Click here for details. If you’re interested in contacting someone regarding mental health or substance abuse services, you can also call 2-1-1. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 6, 2020 Update: New health protocol checklists are now available for businesses and customers to download following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement yesterday allowing more business types to re-open with restrictions starting this Friday. There are versions of the checklists available for both customers and staff. Click here to download those individual protocols and for additional details. Click here to connect to the updated Orders in place. Mayor Cox will outline these new Orders and how they pertain to businesses and residents here in Lakeway tomorrow (Thursday, May 7) at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway). If you’re unable to catch the live version, the recording will be available to view on our Facebook page and website following the presentation. Email questions to info@lakeway-tx.gov or you can ask your questions in the comments section of the Facebook Live feed (which will also be accessible from our website). 

Park restrooms are now open to the public. City staff will continue to maintain strict sanitation guidelines with these facilities. Additionally, a new skate park water fountain was recently installed after a presentation and input from some local teenagers. Click here to take a look. Remember, while sport courts are now open, please continue to maintain no more than four individuals in the area at one time, while also keeping at least a distance of 6 feet between individuals. Finally, as a reminder, the City Park parking lot will be closed off for re-paving work the rest of the week, along with parts of the trail. While the park is still open, users will need to find additional safe parking options if you would still like to visit City Park this week. Alternatively, Hamilton Greenbelt and the Canyonlands are other park options open to the public. Please remember to continue practicing the proper social distancing guidelines while visiting city parks, and while not mandatory, it is still highly encouraged for individuals to wear face coverings when around others in public. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 5, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott gave an update this afternoon on the COVID-19 statewide response, including updates to his executive orders allowing even more businesses to be able to open starting this week. In his remarks, Governor Abbott indicated that hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons and cosmetology businesses will be allowed to open starting this Friday, May 8. Those businesses will only be allowed to operate with specific restrictions in place, including one customer per stylist, proper social/physical distancing guidelines and a strong encouragement for both customers and stylists to continue wearing face coverings. Individuals visiting lakes, beaches and rivers must use the same social/physical distancing guidelines as state parks, including groups not to exceed the same household or no more than a group of 5, and at least 6 feet of separation among individuals. On May 18, gyms, non-essential manufacturing businesses and office buildings will be allowed to begin operation with specific restrictions in place, including a not-to-exceed 25% on-site workforce capacity, and proper social/physical distancing guidelines. There is no plan yet to open bars at this time. Governor Abbott also clarified parts of his executive order in regards to funerals, memorials, burials and weddings. The same protocols in place for church services, will follow these gatherings, including proper social distancing guidelines in place and a strong encouragement for those at higher risk to view remotely or attend the viewing in a special self-contained area. Click here to review the protocols in place. Click here for the latest updates from the Governor’s office. For those looking for a local COVID-19 testing facility, please click here

Representatives with Lake Travis One and Lake Travis Crisis Ministries will join Mayor Cox for her weekly Facebook Live COVID-19 Update this Thursday at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway), which will also be accessible from our website. The live presentation will include an explanation of the updated COVID-19 Orders in place, and information about the volunteer and charity work taking place in Lakeway. Click here to view last week’s update, which explained the first phase of the Governor’s plan to Open Texas. Click here to view the current Orders in place. 

There is an update this week for our Solid Waste customers regarding trash service this month. This includes new dates for the collection of yard waste, bulky items and extra trash, along with free yard waste drop-off availability during the week at our Public Works Department. Click here for details. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 4, 2020 Update: Austin-Travis County has reported a total of 1,756 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Travis County to date. The 30 to 39 age range for both male and females continues to be the highest reporting group, followed by the male and female 20 to 29 age range. There are currently 31 reported cumulative cases identified in the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), which has remained unchanged the last few days. Click here to review additional details and the break down of data from Travis County. 

There is a City Council Special Work Session this evening starting at 6:30 p.m. This will be conducted through video conference. City Hall will be closed to in-person visits. The meeting will be streamed live through our website by clicking here. If you would like to review the agenda and full agenda packet, please click here

Mayor Cox signed a proclamation announcing this week as "Air Quality Awareness Week." It’s a time to take steps to reduce exposure to air pollution, as well as help reduce emissions that contribute towards poor air quality in the region. Regional air pollution levels were considered "Moderate" or worse on more than 30% of days in the last few years according to the National Air Quality Index. Despite fewer vehicles on the roadways recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, air quality levels are expected to be in the "Moderate" range here in Central Texas through the beginning of this week. If you are sensitive to ozone, consider reducing your activity or amount of time you plan to spend outside. Click here to read the proclamation. Click here for daily air quality updates and details. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


May 1, 2020 Update: Today is the first day of the Governor’s Phase 1 "Open Texas" Orders now in effect. The original State "Stay At Home" Orders expired yesterday. Additionally, an updated Lakeway Emergency Order is now in place with additional guidelines. Click here to review all the current Orders. Click here to connect with our Updated FAQs with quick answers to many of the questions you may have. Those details along with additional COVID-19 information and city updates can be found in our weekly newsletter (which is sent every Friday at noon). Click here to read today’s newsletter update. 

As mentioned in today’s newsletter, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And with the current COVID-19 crisis, taking care of your mental wellness is important. There are several mental health resources available on our COVID-19 RESOURCE page on our website. You can also reach out through a special State mental health support line by calling (833) 986-1919. Mental Health America also has several resources for parents, caregivers, first responders, older adults and many other groups. Click here to connect to that information. 

There is new Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) guidance listed from the Governor for unemployment claimants. Texans can continue to receive unemployment benefits if they choose not to return to work for certain reasons as specified by TWC. Those include individuals or family members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, those under quarantine restrictions, parents with child care issues, or those at high risk of getting sick from COVID-19. Click here for details. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


April 30, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott’s new "Open Texas" Order takes effect tomorrow. The City of Lakeway has an updated local Order in line with the State’s, which includes some additional non-conflicting rules as it relates to Lakeway. The local Order indicates that restaurants and retail establishments will be able to use signage indicating their to-go, curbside pickup, delivery or modified dine-in or shopping options. Additionally, sports court facilities within the city will be able to open per the guidelines of having a four person maximum playing at any given time. This includes golf, tennis, volleyball, pickle ball, basketball and the skate park. Boating was previously prohibited per the Travis County Order, but will also be able to resume as well Friday. City parks will remain open, however fitness equipment, playground equipment and the dog park will remain off-limits. Solid Waste service fees will not accrue and individual accounts will not be suspended for non-payment. Non-essential city buildings and facilities like the Swim Center, Heritage Center and Activity Center will remain closed until otherwise noted. City boards, committees and commissions will not meet until further notice except for the Zoning and Planning Commission, City Building Commission, Charter Review Committee and the Economic Development Committee through video conference. Per the State’s Orders, individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings, but are not required to do so. People and businesses should follow the proper social distancing guidelines, work from home if possible and practice good hygiene. People over 65 years of age are still strongly encouraged to stay home and practice the proper CDC recommended guidelines. Religious services can continue this weekend, but by using specific protocols. Check with your place of worship for their process. Click here to review the specific protocols in place.  Click here to review all the current and updated Orders. Click here to connect with our updated FAQs, which now reflect the Orders taking place on May 1, 2020. 

Lake Travis Fire Rescue posted a calculating tool for business’s to use when assessing their 25% capacity. It’s a simple two-step process in helping determine the occupant load of a single room or area based on the square footage and the function of the space. Click here to connect to that tool.  

Mayor Cox gave an update this afternoon on the changes taking effect tomorrow, what to expect and other updates related to the COVID-19 response. The live presentation took place on our Facebook page, where the Mayor also answered several questions from residents. Click here to view the video presentation, which runs about 30 minutes

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #allinthistogether


April 28, 2020 Update: As a follow-up to yesterday’s update regarding the Governor’s expanded reopening of services in response to the COVID-19 disaster, two additional Orders will also take effect this week. While licensed health care professionals can safely return to practice, every hospital must still reserve at least 15% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Click here to review that Order. Additionally, travel restrictions have been lifted for those entering from Louisiana. However, travel restrictions are still in place for those traveling from California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Detroit (Michigan), and Miami (Florida). Click here to review that updated Order. 

While the Governor’s new Orders take effect this Friday, please understand that the current ’Stay At Home’ Orders are currently still in effect until that time. This means the use of face coverings in public spaces, maintaining a 6-foot separation between individuals and no group activities besides those of your own immediate household. We appreciate everyone working together to stay in line with these guidelines. Please continue to keep your neighbors’ safety in mind as we transition from one phase to another. Considering those infected with COVID-19 may show no symptoms and the virus is easily spread, face coverings should be used in public places to help prevent the spread of the virus to others, even if you don’t have symptoms. Click here to review all the current Orders in place. We will have updated Orders in line with the Governor’s Orders posted this Thursday on our website (lakeway-tx.gov), along with updated FAQs. Mayor Cox will also give a breakdown of the updated Orders and answer questions during a Facebook Live (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) at 4 p.m. Thursday. 

300 individuals are scheduled for a COVID-19 test today through the assessment tool available from Austin Public Health (which includes Travis County). More than 1,800 people have completed the assessment form, which helps identify whether an individual qualifies to take a COVID-19 test. The assessment tool, along with the test (if you qualify), are both free to Lakeway residents. Austin Public Health expects to administer 2,000 tests a week at their testing sites. Statewide, more than 300,000 tests have already been conducted, identifying 26,171 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. In Travis County, there have been a total of 1,464 confirmed cases to date. Click here to review the local breakdown of COVID-19 data. Click here to set up an account and take the online assessment. If you’re asked to take a COVID-19 test based on the assessment results, you will be able to choose a location, date and time for a drive-through testing appointment.

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 27, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced this afternoon a new two-phased approach to opening Texas to the public. Beginning on Friday, May 1, restaurants, retail shops, malls and movie theaters can re-open their facilities to customers, but must limit capacity to 25% of its occupancy level.  All libraries and museums can also open on Friday, and must also keep within the 25% capacity. However, hands on exhibits must remain closed. Sole proprietors may also return to work at this time. Churches and places of worship can also expand capacity this weekend. Additionally, outdoor sporting activities of no more than four participants, including boating, tennis and golf, can resume on Friday, but must still practice the proper physical distancing guidelines. Licensed medical professionals including doctors, nurses and dentists with private practices, can also resume operations Friday. Gyms, bars, hair salons and barbershops will still not be able to open at this time. The Governor’s ’Stay At Home’ Orders will expire as written on Thursday, April 30. If Phase 1 is successful in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Phase 2 may move forward on May 18 to allow for those facilities open at that time to expand capacity from 25% to 50%. Click here for the details from texas.gov (the link to this website may respond slowly today). You can also review the breakdown from the Texas Department of State Health Services by clicking here

Please tune in on Thursday, April 30 at 4 p.m. for another Facebook Live with Mayor Cox to go over the details of this new phased approach Governor Abbott laid out to opening Texas and how that affects us here in Lakeway. You can email questions to info@lakeway-tx.gov or comment during the live broadcast. It will also be accessible from our website homepage (lakeway-tx.gov). Click here to connect with our Facebook page. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 24, 2020 Update: Austin Public Health has launched a new online assessment tool for Travis County and Lakeway residents who think they may need a test for COVID-19. The online assessment allows you to pre-register for testing at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in the area if you qualify. You will need to first create an account, answer a few questions about your symptoms, contact with individuals and travel history, and then submit. If you qualify for a test, you will be able to schedule the location, date and time for a drive-through testing appointment. The assessment and test are both free of charge.  Click here to take the assessment. 

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce needs your input on a business impact survey they launched regarding the COVID-19 response. If you are a business in the Lake Travis area, please consider providing your feedback. The survey takes about three minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey. 

The Lake Way, our weekly E-newsletter is now published and includes important updated information about the latest as it relates to COVID-19, including information about hospitalizations, the retail-to-go Orders now in place, information for job seekers and health tips from Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Lakeway. Click here to read the newsletter. Click here to subscribe to future newsletters sent every Friday at noon.

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 23, 2020 Update: Retail stores in the Lake Travis area and the rest of Texas will be able to begin operating tomorrow using only pickup or delivery service per State Orders last week, and using specific guidelines for both employees and customers. For retailers, employees will need to be trained on proper hygiene, screened for symptoms, must wash and sanitize hands, wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet separation from one another. For customers, individuals should pay over the phone or internet if possible, have items delivered to the backseat or trunk, delivery items should be left on a customer’s doorstep and items delivered by mail should be completed without customer contact. If you’re interested in purchasing something, check on your local retailer’s website or call them to see if they will be operating and what specific process they will be following in line with the new Order. Click here for the retail guidance details from Texas Health & Human Services. Click here to review the Orders. 

If you’ve walked around the Hamilton Greenbelt the last few days, you may have noticed some special rock messages laying around the trails. Our Parks & Recreation team spotted some decorative rocks written with positive messages along the trails today. Maybe you have seen some of them during your walk or jog? Click here to check out some of those messages. Click here to view some of the amazing chalk art produced by our residents and businesses last week. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 22, 2020 Update: Mayor Cox gave an update in the live virtual State of Lakeway Town Hall yesterday afternoon regarding local COVID-19 updates, along with information about the Comprehensive Plan and information on the city’s finances as it relates to the COVID-19 response. Additionally, Lake Travis Fire Rescue gave an update about the response as it relates to our firefighters. Click here to view that presentation, which included a Q&A from residents.  

Today is Earth Day, a day focused on the environment and our green spaces. The City of Lakeway was working on organizing a volunteer trash pick-up effort along our local roadways to help beautify Lakeway on this date, but with the recent COVID-19 developments, that organized event was canceled. Individuals can still ensure our parks and sidewalks along our roadways are cleaned up today and other days by putting their trash in the appropriate spots. Just ensure you’re continuing to practice proper physical distancing guidelines, wearing a mask when in public places and washing/sanitizing your hands often. Thank you for keeping Lakeway beautiful! 

CAMPO (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) is looking for your input on the Regional 2045 Transportation Draft Plan as they work to prioritize road projects in Central Texas. You can review the draft plan, an interactive map and complete a short survey by clicking here. Comments will be accepted until next Monday, April 27. Additionally, while Census Day (April 1) has passed, it’s still not too late to complete the important 2020 Census. The survey reporting time has been extended, but don’t delay. Your input is required by law and important to the community! Census data is crucial in directing billions of dollars of federal funds to local communities for roadway projects, schools and other public services. Click here to take the Census survey online. Did you not receive a form or online code in the mail, or have other questions? Click here for help. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 21, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced today that there is plenty of hospital capacity available in Texas to handle COVID-19 hospitalization cases, including more than 21,000 available hospital beds and 2,377 ICU beds available. There are currently 1,419 individuals hospitalized in Texas for COVID-19, according to Texas Health and Human Services. Additionally, the Texas National Guard will be mobilizing more than 1,200 personnel to be a part of 25 COVID-19 mobile testing teams (MTT), with the first teams being deployed to Fredericksburg and Floresville. Click here for details. Governor Abbott also began the process of slowly opening Texas up to the public this week, including the re-opening of State Parks yesterday and allowing retailers to offer to-go or delivery services starting this Friday. Find out more about the Orders in place to Open Texas by clicking here. Finally, it was announced there are nearly 481,000 jobs posted across Texas for those looking for work right now. The Governor encouraged those looking for work to visit www.workintexas.com to review and apply for jobs by city and zip code, and also Workforce Solutions here in Central Texas. Click here to review those and many other helpful links in our COVID-19 Resource Center.  

As of this post, Travis County is now reporting 1,174 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 293 recoveries and 26 deaths. In zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), there remains 30 reported cases, which is the same number from the previous day’s report. Click here for those details. Mayor Cox along with Lake Travis Fire Rescue Chief Robert Abbott will be giving a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall update regarding the local COVID-19 response this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. This will be accessible through facebook.com/cityoflakeway or from the middle of our website (lakeway-tx.gov). You can email questions early to info@lakeway-tx.gov or ask questions in the comments section of the Facebook Live feed. Click here to connect to our Facebook page. 

There are updated Austin-Travis County control orders for nursing homes, assisted living centers and other long-term care facilities to enhance protections against the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations. The orders stipulate that if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a facility, all patients, staff and next of kin must be notified, along with other new measures put in place if a cluster develops. Click here to review those details. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 20, 2020 Update: Travis County is currently reporting 1,108 confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with 267 recoveries. In the zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669) there are 30 reported cases, which has remained relatively steady the last several days. Click here to review the details on the Travis County website. Additionally, Mayor Cox along with Lake Travis Fire Rescue will be giving a Facebook Live update in tomorrow’s virtual State of Lakeway Town Hall starting at 4 p.m. discussing the latest in regards to COVID-19. You can view it from facebook.com/cityoflakeway. The video will also be accessible on the middle of our website (lakeway-tx.gov) if you don’t have or choose to use a Facebook account. Submit your questions by 3 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21, 2020) to be included in the answer-question portion to info@lakeway-tx.gov

The City Council meeting will be streamed live through video conference this evening starting at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to participate in Citizen’s Participation, you will need to submit your interest on the agenda item you would like to speak on by 3 p.m. to info@lakeway-tx.gov. You will then be sent instructions on how to dial into the meeting tonight. Click here to review the agenda. Click here to connect to the location where the live feed will be streamed this evening.

Finally, we received more than 100 positive images and messages from dozens of residents over the past week as part of "Chalk Your Walk!" We’ve put those pictures together in a special album on the City of Lakeway’s Parks & Recreation Department Facebook page. Click here to view those images on Facebook or you can check out a few by clicking here to our Instagram page.

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #allinthistogether


April 17, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced new Executive Orders today to start to re-open Texas businesses. A new ’strike force’ has been created, which includes medical experts and private/public leaders to advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. The new Orders include allowing retailers to begin operating one week from today (Friday, April 24, 2020) by way of to-go or delivery service. In-store shopping will still not be allowed. Click here for details on the guidance released today for both employees and customers of retail businesses when that process happens. Additionally, all school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the school year. State parks will open starting Monday with strict physical/social distancing guidelines still in place. Finally, restrictions on surgeries will be loosened starting April 22 to include procedures that are medically necessary. On Monday, April 27, Governor Abbott will have an update and new ways to open Texas through a phased approach. For more details on the Orders announced today, please click here

The latest E-Newsletter for the City of Lakeway was sent out this afternoon. It includes the latest COVID-19 updates, details about the upcoming virtual City Council meeting and how to participate, an upcoming Facebook Live with Mayor Cox and Lake Travis Fire Rescue next Tuesday at 4 p.m., and details about how to receive your stimulus check if you qualify and haven’t yet received money. Click here to read that newsletter. Click here to connect to future E-Newsletters.

Finally, just a few more days to send us your submissions for "Chalk Your Walk!" We have received dozens of impressive submissions from residents and businesses. Send us your positive messages and images by Sunday for a special social media message we will put out this coming Monday. Click here for details.

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 16, 2020 Update: Updated COVID-19 numbers from Travis County this evening show 1,029 positive cases, along with 201 recoveries. The highest reported cases by age range currently are for those aged 30 to 39, followed by those in the 20 to 29 category. An interactive map is also provided on that website, where you can click to review the number of cases by your zip code. Click here for details. 

Those who qualify began receiving their economic impact payments from the federal government in their bank accounts this week. If you qualify and are still waiting for your payment, there is a place you can check on the status of that money, and add your bank account information for the IRS to deposit your check. Click here to visit that special website set up for qualifying individuals. 

Governor Greg Abbott’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) has launched a small business webinar series to provide Texas small business owners and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, and actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources. Besides offering resources, the webinar is a way for businesses to connect with local experts and support systems. Click here for details. 

A special telephone hotline is set up to assist Travis County restaurants with questions related to COVID-19. The hotline is called Helping Austin Restaurants Today (HART) and is also available for Lakeway and other Lake Travis area restaurants to use. That number is (512) 978-HART (4278). Click here for more details. 

Finally, tomorrow will be the last day you can pick up your multi-colored chalk and a special goodie bag for FREE at the Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) for this week’s "Chalk Your Walk" event presented by Lakeway’s Parks & Recreation Department. The goodie bags can be picked up through a special drive-through delivery service. Just pull up and a staff member will deliver your items (limit 1 per child). We’ve already received dozens of fantastic submissions from some very creative residents and businesses, with some great positive messages. You still have through the weekend to submit your sidewalk/driveway chalk art by emailing your picture to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tagging @cityoflakeway on social media. We’ll display them all next Monday. We look forward to seeing some more great submissions in the next few days, and until then, please remember to keep following the physical distancing guidelines and wearing your face coverings. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas #maskuplakeway #allinthistogether


April 15, 2020 Update: As of 2:30 p.m. on this date, there are currently 900 positive COVID-19 cases being reported in Travis County, and 158 individuals have recovered from the disease. There are 92 individuals being hospitalized as a result of COVID-19. In zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and also including 78669), there are 29 positive cases, which has remained steady since the previous daily report. Click here to review the data, which is updated by Travis County & Austin Public Health every evening.

Mayor Cox delivered a Facebook Live interactive presentation yesterday, along with executives with Baylor Scott and White Medial Center - Lakeway to give the latest updates with COVID-19 and answer your medical-related questions. You can scroll to the bottom of our main website homepage to view that video, which answers many of the questions you may have regarding COVID-19. We will have another Facebook Live presentation (which will also be available on our website), next Tuesday (April 21) at 4 p.m. as part of our Virtual State of Lakeway. Chief Robert Abbott with Lake Travis Fire Rescue will join Mayor Cox to answer your questions. Email your questions beforehand to info@lakeway-tx.gov. Click here to connect with our Facebook page. 

We understand these are difficult times, and there are changes happening often, disrupting our normal routines. Please understand that the Orders in place are to protect the health and safety of our residents. That is the core of everything you’re seeing happening right now. It’s important that everyone continue to wear masks in public when conducting your essential activities as part of the most recent Order from Travis County. The Order also specifies "Essential" Transportation, which does not include boating at this time. Please refrain from taking your boat on Lake Travis until further notice. We greatly appreciate your cooperation. Click here to review the Order from Travis County. Click here to review all the current Orders in place. Click here to review updated FAQs related to all the current Orders in place. 

Finally, we continue to receive some impressive submissions for "Chalk Your Walk." Don’t forget to send us your positive messages and images by this weekend for a special social media message we’re preparing next Monday. Email them to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tag us on social media (@cityoflakeway). If you need some multi-colored chalk, our fantastic Parks & Recreation staff has some available for you to pick up along with a goodie bag at the Activity Center through a special drive-through service through Friday. Click here for details.

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 14, 2020 Update: Face coverings are now required in public according to the latest updated Orders from Travis County. This includes those in the City of Lakeway. The new Order includes an extension of the current Stay At Home county orders (including those in Lakeway) through May 8, 2020. The rule does not apply to those alone in a separate space, when eating or drinking, when at home with others in your household, or when doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk. Parents or guardians of children under 10 are responsible for appropriately masking their child when out their residence. Click here to review the updated Order from Travis County. Click here to review all the of current Stay At Home Orders in place along with a list of FAQs. Click here for details on how to make a simple face covering at home. 

Mayor Cox will be conducting a Facebook Live this afternoon along with medical professionals from Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Lakeway to give an update on the current COVID-19 situation and answer your medical-related questions. You can submit questions until 3 p.m. this afternoon to info@lakeway-tx.gov and use "Facebook Live Question" in the subject line, or ask the questions in the comments section of the Facebook Live feed. The video will also be available on our website after the live presentation. If you’d like to participate in the Live interactive information session, follow our Facebook page (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) or click here

Finally, we have already started receiving some impressive submissions for our "Chalk Your Walk" event this week. Gather your family household and decorate your driveway or the public sidewalk with some positive images and messages for your neighbors. Then, snap a picture and tag us on social media (Facebook/Instagram) using @cityoflakeway or email your picture to info@lakeway-tx.gov. You’ll be able to pick up some multi-colored sidewalk chalk along with a special goodie bag at the Activity Center starting tomorrow (April 15, 2020) during normal operating hours through a special, safe drive-through method. We need your submissions over to us by Sunday, April 19, 2020 so we can put them in a special social media message next Monday. Click here for more. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 13, 2020 Update: Governor Greg Abbott announced today the availability of $50 million in small businesses loans to Texas businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. The loans will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees. This is provided as a result of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These loans will also be partially or wholly forgiven as part of this partnership with Godman Sachs, LiftFund and other community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Click here to lean more and apply.

Additionally, the Governor has extended the the State’s Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 through the middle of May. Originally issued on March 13, the Disaster Declaration provides the State a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the proclamation. 

Be sure to tune in tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14) at 4 p.m. on our Facebook page (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) for another live update with Mayor Cox. She will be joined with Philippe Bochaton, President of Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Lakeway, and Dr. Ghassan Salman, Assistant Chief Medical Officer to help answer your medical-related questions. Email your questions to us at info@lakeway-tx.gov by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 and put "Facebook Live Question" in the subject line. You can also ask questions in the comments section of the Facebook Live feed. The video will also be available on our website if you’re not able to view the live broadcast. Click here to connect with our Facebook page.  

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 11, 2020 Update: There is a chance for severe weather overnight this evening and in the early morning hours of Sunday. Be sure to monitor local weather reports. Click here to connect with the National Weather Service. Weather should clear up tomorrow for Easter Sunday, but please be sure to continue practicing physical distancing and avoid gathering in groups besides those of your immediate household. Click here for the Emergency Orders currently in place.

Travis County issued an Order prohibiting the issuance of a Notice to Vacate for a tenant, along with prohibiting the removal of property of the tenant, or the seizure of a tenant’s nonexempt property. The Order is in effect until May 8, 2020 unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order. Click here for the details. 

A local Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Child Care Task Force has been created to ensure that existing childcare centers and homes, childcare workers and employees of essential industries who need childcare have the necessary support during the COVID-19 crisis. The task force is a result of State efforts to help families employed by essential industries find childcare. Click here for details. 

Finally, we’re still accepting images of Easter Eggs showing support of our first responders and those working in public safety. Send us a picture of your Easter Egg with its special message to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tag us on social media (@lakewaypolice or @cityoflakeway). Please send us those images by 12 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, April 12, 2020) and they may be included in a special social media collage. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 10, 2020 Update: The City’s weekly E-Newsletter is now out and includes information about the latest COVID-19 cases in Travis County, details about the updated City of Lakeway Emergency Orders, an upcoming Facebook Live Tuesday, and some new activities you can do with your family. Click here to view the E-Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to future E-Newsletters, which are sent every Friday at noon through e-mail.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has adopted an emergency rule to temporarily allow more nurse aides to serve residents in long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 response. This will allow nursing facilities to hire people to provide nurse aide services without having to complete a full certification program in their first four months of employment. Click here for details. 

Finally, don’t forget to send us pictures of your decorated Easter Eggs supporting our first responders and those working in public safety. We’ll display them on our social media channels on Easter Sunday. You can send your pictures to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tag us on social media using @lakewaypolice or @cityoflakeway. Click here to watch a special video message from Police Chief Todd Radford. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas 


April 9, 2020 Update: Austin-Travis County has updated their reporting module for COVID-19 positive cases to include the number of recoveries from the disease, along with current hospitalizations, and breakdowns according to age group, sex and race/ethnicity. As of 2 p.m. on April 9, 2020, there are currently 597 reported cases, 106 recoveries, 75 hospitalizations and 7 deaths in Travis County. In the two zip codes associated with the City of Lakeway (78734 and 78738), there are 17 reported cases, up by 1 from earlier this week. Click here for more details.

There is an updated "Supplemental Emergency Order One" now in effect and posted on the Emergency Alert section of our website. The additional Stay At Home Orders include allowing restaurants to post temporary signs for their to-go, curbside pickup and home delivery services, allowing RVs or travel trailers in driveways without a limit on the number of days they may remain, and no late free accruals or suspensions for Solid Waste Services for non-payment. For details and other items on the Supplemental Emergency Order, please click here. Click here to connect to our Emergency Alerts. 

Finally, don’t forget to decorate your Easter Eggs in support of our first responders and those working in public safety. Details and a special video by Chief Radford are available on the police department Facebook page at facebook.com/lakewaypolice. Additionally, the Parks & Recreation Department will be handing out sidewalk chalk next Wednesday for "Chalk The Walk" - decorate your driveways next week with positive messages and send those pictures to us at info@lakeway-tx.gov. Click here for details.

 Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 8, 2020 Update: There is a new video posted on our website (lakeway-tx.gov) with Mayor Sandy Cox giving the latest update on the COVID-19 response here in Lakeway. Scroll to the bottom of our main website for that video as she answers many of the questions you may have right now. Laura Mitchell with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce also gave an update regarding our business community. Be sure to tune into our Facebook channel at facebook.com/cityoflakeway next Tuesday (April 14) at 4 p.m.  when Mayor Cox will give another live COVID-19 update, along with an update from senior staff at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Lakeway, who will join live to answer your medical-related questions. Click here to connect to our Facebook channel.

Austin-Travis County announced today that preparations are underway for the development of a network of emergency medical facilities in case regular services in Travis County are overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 cases. Under the "Surge Plan," once traditional hospitals have run our of bed space, patients would be transferred to Type II Alternative Care Sites and receive a range of hospital-level care in buildings that were previously purposed for patient care such as former clinics or medical facilities. The Austin-Travis County hospital bed count is approximately 4,300 on an average day. As of this post, hospitals are currently operating at about 50 percent capacity. Click here for details. 

Finally, over the next few days you will start seeing more information about some activities you can do with your family here in Lakeway that will promote positivity.  With Easter just around the corner, The Lakeway Police Department will be encouraging the public to decorate eggs in support of our first responders. Pictures of eggs decorated with badges or supportive messages to our first responders can be sent to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tagged on our social media accounts using @cityoflakeway or @lakewaypolice. We’ll post images we receive on Easter Sunday. Also, tomorrow you will see more information about "Chalk Your Walk." We’re looking for families to decorate their driveway or sidewalk with positive messages and images using multi-colored chalk and sending your artwork to the City for display on our social media channels. We’ll also provide chalk at the Activity Center starting next Wednesday (April 15) using a special drive-through pick-up style service. We ask that you send pictures of your chalk art to info@lakeway-tx.gov or tag @cityoflakeway on our social media using #chalkyourwalk by Sunday, April 19. We’ll plan to feature those pictures the following week on our social media channels. We would love to see your positive messages so we can share them with the entire community. 

Stay safe, healthy and strong Lakeway! #lakewaystrong #stayhometexas


April 7, 2020 Update: According to Austin-Travis County, there are currently 502 positive COVID-19 cases in Travis County, up from 484 the day before and 460 the day before that. In the two zip codes associated with the City of Lakeway (78734 & 78738) there are currently 16 cases identified, unchanged over the last few days. For more details, please click here

Please join Mayor Cox for a Facebook Live at 4 p.m. this afternoon on our Facebook channel with the latest updates regarding COVID-19. You can join by going to facebook.com/cityoflakeway. We are also planning on having guests with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and newly created Lake Travis One to discuss our business community and how Lakeway residents are stepping up to help others. If you want to send questions by email beforehand, please do so by 3 p.m. today to info@lakeway-tx.gov and put "Facebook Live Question" in the email subject line. You can also ask your question in the comments section during the live Facebook broadcast. If you’re not able to catch the live feed, the video will be available on our website afterwards to view as well.

State parks and state historic sites will be closed starting at 5 p.m. this evening and will re-open at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott. The Governor has directed the closures to strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people. For more details, please click here

The Governor has also announced Care.com is increasing in-home child care access for front line workers responding to the COVID-19 emergency. As part of this initiative, Care.com is offering 90 days of free, premium access to their services, along with specific portals for front line workers and caregivers in Texas. Please click here for more information. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


April 6, 2020 Update: Austin-Travis County recently sent an update recommending the use of fabric face coverings by the general public when conducting essential activities or essential business outside of their residence in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings do not substitute the need to maintain physical distancing and the State At Home Orders in place. For more details, please click here. Click here for how to properly use a cloth face covering and details on how to create one at home. 

The Special City Council Work Session this evening (April 6) will be conducted over video-conference starting at 6:30 p.m. City Hall will be closed to in-person traffic. You can view the meeting on our website by going to this link. Click here for a link to additional details on how you can participate and for a look at the agenda for this evening.

Tomorrow (April 7), Mayor Cox will be conducting a Facebook Live at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel found by going to facebook.com/cityoflakeway. We will also have guests with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and newly created Lake Travis One to discuss our business community and how Lakeway residents are stepping up to help others. If you would like to send a question through email beforehand, please do so by 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 7) to info@lakeway-tx.gov and put "Facebook Live Question" in the email subject line. You can also ask your question in the comments section during the live Facebook broadcast. If you’re not able to catch the live feed, the video will be available on our website afterwards to view as well.  

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


April 4, 2020 Update: There are currently 460 COVID-19 positive cases identified in Travis County, up from 430 yesterday (April 3) and 351 the day before (April 2). There are currently 16 positive COVID-19 cases identified in the two zip codes associated with the City of Lakeway (78734 and 78738). For the breakdown of numbers from Austin-Travis County, please click here

The agenda is posted for the City Council meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, April 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a meeting through videoconference. City Hall will be closed during that time to in-person traffic. Click here to access where you can view the live and taped meeting. If you’re interested in giving public comment during the live meeting by phone, please click here for details on how to do that. Please understand there is about a 20 to 25 second delay between the displayed video feed through our website and the live meeting. Click here to view the agenda and supporting documents. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


April 3, 2020 Update: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect this evening until 8 p.m. for Travis County. This means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms that produce one inch hail or larger and/or winds equal or exceeding 58 miles an hour. As you continue to follow the Stay At Home Orders, please make sure to keep an eye on the weather as well. Click here for details regarding the severe weather alert. 

Monday’s City Council Meeting will be a virtual video conference and streamed live on our website. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020. City Hall will be closed to walk-in traffic. You can click here for access to the live video. The video will also be accessible on that same page when the meeting is over. An agenda for the meeting will be available shortly on this page (Click Here). For those interested in joining citizen’s participation for an item, there will be instructions for how to do so on the agenda. If you have any questions about the process or would like an emailed copy and the process for being included in the participation portion of the City Council meeting, email us at info@lakeway-tx.gov

The weekly E-Newsletter is now out and has updates related to COVID-19 that have occurred this week including information about the Stay At Home Orders, an upcoming Facebook Live with Mayor Cox on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. and updated business resources for employers and employees. Click here to read the latest updates. Click here to subscribe to future E-Newsletters from the City, sent every Friday at 12 p.m. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


April 2, 2020 Update: Austin-Travis County just updated the latest number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 351 in Travis County, up from 305 yesterday (April 1) and 244 the day before (March 31). There are currently 12 cases identified in the zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734 and 78738). For additional details, please click here

Governor Greg Abbott announced today the suspension of regulations to increase the amount of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers and first responders in Texas during the State’s response to COVID-19. Local medical directors for licensed EMS providers can now permit individuals who are qualified, though not formally certified, to provide critical emergency response services for patients treated and transported by EMS. The Governor has also suspended certain skills testing requirements for EMS personnel so that these individuals who are qualified are able to provide essential EMS services if necessary. Click here for the details. 

For those having difficulty covering rent, there may be help available. Travis County Family Support Services Division provides rental assistance, but limits that assistance to once every 12 months. For details, please click here

For those recently unemployed as a result of COVID-19, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may be available for displaced workers not normally eligible for regular or extended benefits. Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online by clicking here or by calling 1-800-939-6631. Click here for additional details.

A new program is now in place to provide meals for at-risk youth and families as the State responds to COVID-19. The Comfort Food Care Package (CFCP) program allows participating restaurants the ability for patrons to purchase meals on behalf of families and youth in need. Each care package contains enough food to feed a family of 5 to 6 and will be delivered to the recipients’ homes. For more information, click here

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


April 1, 2020 Update: Today (April 1) is officially Census Day. You should have received your Census information by postal service, so make sure to take another look at your mail if you missed it. For the first time, you can complete the Census online using a simple code that is provided in your mailing information. You can also still submit written questions as well. The online version takes just a few minutes to complete, so make sure you go there today to complete this important survey. Click here for details. 

We will be conducting another Facebook Live on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway) on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 starting at 4 p.m. to give an update on the latest COVID-19 precautionary methods put in place, and offer a Q&A with residents. Mayor Sandy Cox will be be taking your questions during this interactive session. If you aren’t able to catch the live segment, the video will be available on our website as well. If you would like to submit questions beforehand, you can do so at info@lakeway-tx.gov and put in the subject line "Facebook Live Question." Again, you can tune in next Tuesday at 4 p.m. on our Facebook channel (also accessible from our website) at facebook.com/cityoflakeway.

For small businesses, there are several loan programs now available for those affected by COVID-19. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program is available to small businesses and non-profits that meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) size thresholds to cover economic losses resulting from disaster. Visit sba.gov/disaster for details. Paycheck Protection Loans allow small businesses to receive loans that are intended to be forgivable if the borrower maintains employees on payroll through the pandemic. Click here to view the application. Additionally, Express Loans are available to small businesses that meet the SBA size threshold and provides up to $1 million for businesses to access quickly. Visit sba.gov for details. You can also visit the "Business Resources" section on our website titled "COVID-19 Resources" for additional helpful links.  

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 31, 2020 Update: The Austin-Travis County website is reporting a total of 244 positive cases of COVID-19 in Travis County. There are 10 positive cases identified in the two zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734 and 78738). You can find more details and the interactive map by clicking here

Governor Greg Abbott announced a new Executive Order today indicating 17 "Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors" that would be able to remain in operation thru April 30, extending the social distancing timeline recently announced by the President. Additionally, schools in Texas will be closed until at least May 4. Some of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors include healthcare, energy, financial services and law enforcement. Non-essential sectors will need to work from home or cease operations. This State Order supersedes the Essential Business Orders in place with Travis County and the City of Lakeway. While religious services are also indicated, Governor Abbott mentioned services must be conducted online or by using proper social distancing guidelines. Click here to see a list of those "Essential Services" released by the State. Click here to review Lakeway’s current "Stay at Home" Order.  

A new 24/7 mental health support line is now available. Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched the service to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new resource is available by calling, toll-free, (833) 986-1919, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline. For more information on mental health resources provided by HHS, please click here. We also have a list of mental health resources available on our COVID-19 Resource Page

Whether you’re in need of food or want to help others by donating food items, there is a place here in the Lake Travis area to assist. Lake Travis Crisis Ministries (LTCM) is a partner agency of the Central Texas Food bank and distributes groceries to those who need them. There is a sign up sheet outside the door with a board that outlines instructions as to what do to. LTCM is located at 107 RR 620 S., #114 in the Liberty Center and is open Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Donated non-perishable food items, paper products, H-E-B gift cards and monetary donations are accepted as well at The Lakeway Church, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Center. For more information, visit the Lake Travis One website by clicking here.  

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 30, 2020 Update:  There are currently 200 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Travis County according to the latest updates on the Austin-Travis County website. A new interactive map on that page shows the number broken down by zip code. For the two zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734 and 78738 - which includes Hudson Bend and Bee Cave), there are a total of 9 confirmed reported positive cases as of 3:30 p.m. on March 30, 2020. Click here for a breakdown of the information and to view the map by zip code. 

The CDC has issued a Health Advisory urging the public against using chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums) to prevent COVID-19 infections. The advisory indicates that two individuals ingested the chemical (which is commercially available for purchase at stores and through the Internet), and one has since died, while another is critically ill with several gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac conduction abnormalities. At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, according to the CDC. Click here to read the full alert. 

Additional quarantine orders are now in place for individuals flying in from several major cities and states throughout the country. An existing Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott indicated that travelers flying in from New Orleans and New York, Connecticut and New Jersey would need to undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine at a place of their choosing, or as long as they remain in Texas as a visitor. This Order has now expanded to include the states of California and Washington, along with the major cities of Atlanta, Miami, Detroit and Chicago. Those choosing to travel by car from Louisiana to Texas must also follow the 14 day quarantine order. Click here to review the Order in place. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 29, 2020 Update: A friendly reminder that all city park facilities, including the ball courts, dog park and skate park are currently closed to the public. Please make sure to pass this along to other family members and your kids that these are off limits while the "Shelter in Place" Order is in effect. Additionally, please avoid other activities that encourage group participation outside your own immediate household. This is to protect the health and safety of your neighbors. Everyone needs to be practicing physical distancing over the course of the next few weeks and help reduce person-to-person contact by 90%. For more on our "Shelter in Place" FAQs and the Orders currently in place, please click here. We know these are difficult times. Please help do you part to practice these new processes that are temporarily in place to help keep our residents, first responders and others in our community safe. We are #allinthistogether. Please email us if you have any questions at info@lakeway-tx.gov.

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce is conducting a business impact assessment survey based on the recent developments related to COVID-19. If you’re a business in the Lake Travis area, consider answering a few questions . Click here to take the survey. 

As part of the CARES Act, individuals will receive $1200, families will receive $2400 and an extra $500 if you have children if you make $75K per year as an individual or $150K as a family, which phases down to $0 for incomes greater than those amounts. It will be based on either your 2018 or 2019 tax return, depending on when you filed. All Americans with a Social Security Number and within the income thresholds will receive money in their bank accounts in the coming weeks. For those who are unemployed, Texas offers max unemployment benefits of $465 per week for 26 weeks. With the new CARES Act from the federal government, benefits increase by $600 per week for 4 months for those receiving benefits. There is also an expansion of eligibility to include self-employees, independent contractors and those with limited work history. Click here for information on unemployment benefits. Click here to see the full CARES Act. 

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this weekend that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Medicaid benefit renewals currently due will automatically be renewed so that existing clients can maintain continuity of coverage during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Those up for renewal do not have to call or complete their renewal to receive continuous coverage. Texas is also waiving interview requirements for households applying for SNAP. For details, please click here

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 27, 2020 Update: Our weekly E-newsletter was distributed this afternoon. It includes an overview of a lot of the information discussed during the week, including several important links. The biggest item from this week includes the new "Shelter in Place" Orders. The goal is to reduce person-to-person contact between individuals by 90%, so please continue to follow those guidelines. Additionally, we have added more items in our COVID-19 Resources, including how to avoid frauds and scams related to COVID-19, separating fact vs. rumors and a website with the latest updates from the federal government as it relates to COVID-19. Click here for a link to the page, and look under "Resident Resources."

Additionally, the E-newsletter gives an overview of how the medical center is working hard to protect the community, along with an online questionnaire they have available to submit if you believe you have been exposed to the virus. The newsletter also includes information about the 2020 Census and free brush recycling at Public Works. We are still encouraging individuals to take a walk and enjoy the outdoors in our parks, understanding that the facilities and equipment are closed down. Physical distancing must still be practiced when you’re out in the community no matter where you go. If you leave your home, it must be for an "Essential Activity." Let’s all together as a community follow the Orders in place and limit person-to-person contact for the weeks to come.

Click here for a link to our City E-Newsletter. Click here to sign up for future E-newsletters. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 26, 2020 Update: We need everyone to do their part to follow the "Shelter in Place" Orders now in effect and continue to practice physical distancing. The ultimate goal is to achieve a 90% reduction in interactions between individuals. That’s the number the University of Texas identified would need to continue to happen over the following weeks in order for hospital capacity not to be overwhelmed. Click here for more on this research. Please practice the appropriate guidelines now in place (refer to the Alert at the top of the website or click here for details).

This afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced a state Executive Order for those flying in from the the New York area (New York, Connecticut & New Jersey) and New Orleans. Those areas have seen a high number of COVID-19 positive cases. This mandatory Order would require individuals flying in from those locations to self-quarantine for 14 days, or if they’re visiting, for the duration of their stay in Texas. Governor Abbott indicated that those flying in from those areas would also need to fill out a form provided by DPS designating where the individual would quarantine. It does not include people traveling by car. Please click here for more information. 

Finally, don’t forget that while practicing physical distancing, you can still visit our local Lakeway parks for physical and mental health to hike, jog or take a peaceful walk in nature. They’re still open, but understand that park playgrounds, facilities and equipment are closed. This means restrooms, playground equipment, workout equipment, basketball/volleyball/tennis/sport courts, Ranger Field, the dog park and the skate park are all off limits for the length of the Order. Individuals should continue to practice the proper physical distancing guidelines among other park-goers, so keep your distance. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 25, 2020 Update: The "Shelter in Place" Orders are now in effect for the City of Lakeway. Click here for those details released yesterday. While we originally includes some simple FAQs below, we decided to expand to another page based on feedback from our residents. Click here for more FAQs regarding the Orders. We’ve included some of the most common questions we’ve received so far. We’ll continue to update that list as necessary, so make sure to bookmark that page if you still have questions.

Additionally, there are now several banners placed around Lakeway with the words #STAYHOMETEXAS brightly displayed to encourage residents to stay home during the most recent Orders. The City is also developing some additional educational materials to hand out, which includes preventative safety measures. If you’re interested in some of those small handouts, please contact us at info@lakeway-tx.gov.

Finally, we understand that practicing ’social distancing’ can affect our mental health as well. That is why we have been using the term ’physical distancing,’ to encourage individuals to still reach out through other means to check on their loved ones. Times like these can be challenging in regards to an individual’s mental health. We will be including some mental health resources on our COVID-19 Resource page. Please click here for a link to that page. You can also find it be going to the center of our main homepage and clicking the large button that says "COVID-19 Resources." 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 24, 2020 Update: There are now amended and updated Emergency Orders that will take place effective midnight on March 25, 2020.  This includes a "Shelter In Place" Order, where residents need to stay at home except for essential activities and essential business-related work. Public and private gatherings of any number are prohibited. Additionally, businesses will be ceasing operations, except for several categories outlined in the links below. Restaurants will still be able to provide take-out and drive-through services. Gas stations, grocery stores, medical facilities, pharmacies, financial institutions, specified childcare facilities and residential/commercial construction will remain open as well, but must comply with Social Distancing Guidelines. Religious services may only provide video and teleconference options. All elective medical, surgical and dental procedures are prohibited. Parks will remain open, but playgrounds and other equipment will be off-limits.  

Here are some FAQs:

  • Can I still go to my doctor appointment? Yes - Essential Activities include those for the health and safety of the public/individual
  • Can I take a walk or jog outside? Yes
  • Can I walk my dog? Yes
  • Are grocery stores open? Yes
  • Can I meet a group of my friends outside for a game of basketball? No - public and private gatherings are prohibited
  • Can I visit one of the parks? Yes - but courts, playgrounds and other facilities will be off-limits
  • Can I play catch with my son/daughter? Yes - if they’re part of your household
  • Can I take my boat on the lake? Yes - but only with members of your household, no other groups
  • Will I be able to visit the bank? Yes - financial institutions are not included in the closures
  • Can I host a party at my house? No - public and private gatherings are prohibited
  • Will I be able to get food from my favorite restaurant? Yes - only if they offer take out, carry out or drive-through service
  • Are liquor stores still allowed to stay open? Yes
  • How long will these Orders be in effect? The Travis County orders are in effect until the evening of April 13, 2020, so this Order will be in line with that timeline unless otherwise noted. 
  • Will I get a ticket if I violate any of these?  City staff will start with education first and then take further steps on enforcement if necessary

"As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, more severe actions are needed to curb the spread of the virus and to avoid an overload of our healthcare facilities which will ultimately save lives," said Mayor Sandy Cox. "The City of Lakeway has updated its emergency orders to align with the latest Travis County orders and to clarify Lakeway specific actions.  We understand there is fear and uncertainty about what the future holds.  By taking swift, decisive actions now to limit interactions with the public, it will result in a quicker road to recovery.  We urge everyone to stay in place unless it is absolutely necessary to perform an essential function for our community or to seek essential needs. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and understand that we are all in this together."

Follow this link for a Summary Breakdown of the Emergency Orders: https://www.lakeway-tx.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Lakeway-Shelter-In-Place-Emergency-Order-11 

Follow this link for the updated Emergency Orders: https://www.lakeway-tx.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=2698


March 23, 2020 Update: 

  • MEDICAL - As of 3:45 p.m., there are currently 79 COVID-19 positive cases in Travis County and 352 statewide. In Texas, more than 10,000 individuals have now been tested. We have been in contact with Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Lakeway. While there are currently no known positive cases identified in Lakeway, they have been continuously evaluating building additional capacity in anticipation of future needs related to the treatment of patients diagnosed with COVID-19. They are undergoing regular education and training for treatment of high-consequence infectious diseases in accordance with CDC guidelines, including rapidly identifying and isolating patients whose symptoms and contact history are consistent with COVID-19. They have also been cancelling or rescheduling clinically non-emergent procedures and surgeries where appropriate. They also recently moved to a ’no visitor’ policy, with limited exceptions to one parent, spouse or caretaker. The main entrance is now closed and they are directing visitors and patients to the emergency department entrance where individuals must be screened before entering the facility. Resources are available at bswhealth.com, including an online screening questionnaire for patients not experiencing a medical emergency. You can also text BETTER to 88408 to have the app sent to your phone. If the questionnaire identifies the need for additional evaluation, you will be given options for next steps. For more details about the process for screening and other information from the medical center, please click here
  • WASTE SERVICES - Public Works will be accepting brush and tree trimmings, shrubs, leaves and palm fronds Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at their facility located at 3303 Serene Hills Drive until further notice. This is free to residents. This will assist during the times that Waste Connections is unable to pick up other items outside of trash containers. For details, click here or call (512) 608-9000. 
  • CENSUS - The 2020 Census has been sent to residents and you can log online to fill out the survey now. The U.S. Census Bureau just released a revised reporting schedule due to COVID-19, and will give residents through August 14 to complete the self-response portion of the survey. Click here for details and click here to take the Census. 
  • MAYOR UPDATE - You can watch the latest update from the Mayor’s live Facebook address by clicking here. As the situation continues to rapidly unfold, we will be sure to bring you the latest updates right here on our website and through our social channels. Email us at info@lakeway-tx.gov with any questions or concerns. 

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 21, 2020 Update: It’s a challenging time for our business community, but there is hope. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration. This has granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses here in the Lake Travis area and across the state. Those small businesses who believe they may be eligible should visit sba.gov/disaster. Businesses can apply directly for assistance. The online application is the quickest way to receive a decision about loan eligibility according to the Governor’s office. Click here for more information. 

For those with prescription medications, the Governor’s office temporarily suspended certain regulations to ensure residents have continued access to their pharmacists. This will allow pharmacists to conduct consultations by phone, and remove regulatory barriers so pharmacies can operate at full strength. 

Some good news to report - tax day has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest, regardless of the amount owed. Taxpayers DO NOT need to file additional forms or call the IRS to qualify. Individuals who need additional time beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extention by submitting Form 4868 through their tax professional. Businesses who need additional time must submit Form 7004. Click here for more information.

Finally, with so many other events and program delayed or canceled, the 2020 Census is still moving forward. Census Day is officially April 1, and many residents should have already received their forms by mail. While everyone is spending more time at home, it’s a good chance to get your Census form completed. Plus, you can do it quickly online. Be sure to check your mail for your letter. You can also click here for more information.

Continue to stay safe; stay healthy; wash your hands; and continue to practice ’physical’ distancing. #stayhometexas


March 20, 2020 Update: Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging residents to call 2-1-1 for COVID-19 information and referrals. This statewide hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you call 2-1-1, you can dial option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more. Click here for details. Additionally, HHS has temporarily suspended visitation and on-campus events at state hospitals and state supported living center in Texas. This falls in line with Governor Greg Abbott’s orders yesterday (March 19, 2020) that people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Click here for a list of the most recent State orders. 

The weekly newsletter distributed today at noon to residents included several updates including the updated regulations in place, upcoming blood drive this Saturday and many new local resources for businesses and residents. Please click here for a link to that newsletter. Click here to sign up for future newsletters.  

There are some child care facilities available for our elder/health care provider parents and first responder parents. We have put a link to those facilities on our resource page. Additionally, we have added information related to mental health services. Click here for a link to our resource page. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy and keep washing your hands and practicing physical distancing. #stayhometexas


March 19, 2020 Update: Reminder that at 4 p.m. this afternoon (March 19), Mayor Sandy Cox will give a live update through Facebook on the current COVID-19 response efforts happening here in Lakeway. Be sure to tune in on facebook.com/cityoflakeway during that time. We will also be accepting questions during the live broadcast on the comments section of the Facebook post, so make sure to post your question. You can also email your questions before that time to info@lakeway-tx.gov. We will answer as many as possible before the 4:30 p.m. end time. 

Governor Greg Abbott announced this afternoon that gymnasiums will also now be closed effective midnight tomorrow statewide, along with all schools statewide until the beginning of April. This also includes a statewide ban of 10 or more groups in a single space and restaurants only allowing drive-thru options, which Lakeway had already put into effect as part of the city’s emergency regulations. Click here for a full list of those orders. 

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce has worked to help organize a business resource page on Facebook to "Support Local Business." The page is a place for local businesses to post specials, discounts and job postings (temporary or otherwise). Click here for a link to that page. Additionally, area churches have organized to create Lake Travis One, which is also a resource page for residents giving guidance on how neighbors can take care of neighbors in the community. Click here for more information. Additionally, starting on Monday, March 23, Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will be offering free meals for children 0-18 years of age. The free packaged breakfast and lunch  options will be available for pickup between the hours for 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at each of the following middle school campuses (Bee Cave Middle School, Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School). This is a drive-through option and will be offered at the bus stops. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a meal. Click here for more information. 

Finally, a new ’resource center’ has been created on our homepage (lakeway-tx.gov). At the center of the page below the main buttons, you will fine "COVID-19 UPDATES" and "COVID-19 RESOURCES." The resource page includes important city contacts, business resources, residents resources and additional links related to the COVID-19 response. Keep the page and our website bookmarked and handy for the latest updates. We will be including more information as we receive it. 


March 18, 2020 Update: Mayor Sandy Cox will deliver a live update on the COVID-19 response in Lakeway on Facebook tomorrow (March 19, 2020) starting at 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT on our Facebook channel (facebook.com/cityoflakeway). This Facebook Live will also give an opportunity for residents to ask questions through the comments feature. If you don’t follow us currently on Facebook, our Facebook channel is also displayed on our homepage (lakeway-tx.gov). The video will also be available to view after the live presentation. If you have a question you would like to pose to the Mayor, email info@lakeway-tx.gov and we will try to get to those answered during the live presentation.

Despite several event closures, the Lakeway Community Blood Drive is still planning to move forward for this Saturday, March 21 at 8 a.m. at the Activity Center. Participation will be limited to appointments only during that time, and extra measures will be put in place to encourage physical distancing and compliance with the current emergency declaration. In light of the growing blood supply shortage in Central Texas, there is a need for life-saving blood in the community. Organizers urge healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood. Consistent with hygiene protocols established by the CDC and the FDA, We Are Blood will take all reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus known as COVID-19, including:

  • Every donor will be directed to use the provided hand sanitizer before checking in and beginning the registration process;
  • Every donation bed, interview booth, questionnaire computer, and squeeze ball will be wiped down and cleaned after each donor’s use;
  • All waiting areas and canteen recovery areas will be wiped down and cleaned every hour; and
  • Health and wellness screenings will be conducted on each potential donor to prevent those not feeling well from donating.

As for all blood donations, people thinking of donating should stay home if they have symptoms of cold, flu or other communicable diseases. All of the usual eligibility requirements will be in place (available for review at weareblood.org/donate-blood/eligibility/). At this time, all appointments are currently filled. You can email organizers to be included on a wait list at LakewayCommunityBloodDrive@gmail.org.   

Finally, all public city facilities will be closed to walk-in traffic starting tomorrow (March 19, 2020). City Hall, the Lakeway Police Department, Municipal Court and Public Works will be included in the closures to public traffic. Staff will still be present to answer phones, emails and will be conducting business electronically. Click here for details on permits and inspections. Click here for Solid Waste. Click here for court information. Click here for Public Works. For emergencies, the public should dial 911 or call the Lakeway Police Department at (512) 261-2800.   


March 17, 2020 Update: New emergency regulations are now in effect for the City of Lakeway as part of the "Declaration of Disaster" issued to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The regulations include limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less, except for the case of governmental buildings providing essential services, grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals/medical facilities or offices. Restaurants are limited to take out or drive-through services (dine-in service is prohibited) and bars are prohibited from operating. Additionally, many City boards, committees and commissions will not meet until further notice, except for Zoning and Planning Commission, City Building Commission and the Charter Review Committee (which does not currently have public meetings). The Lakeway Activity Center, Heritage Center and Swim Center will close to the public. Please click here for the full details.


March 16, 2020 Update: Mayor Sandy Cox has issued a ’Declaration of Disaster’ for Lakeway effective immediately, which outlines that restaurant seating capacity be reduced by one-half, gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited, older population and at-risk categories are encouraged to self-quarantine as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and businesses are urged to implement CDC guidelines for business operations. Please click here for details and to read the full declaration. 

Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) announced today that all normal school operations are suspended through Sunday, April 5, 2020. During the closure, all Lake Travis schools and facilities will be closed for instruction and all other functions until further notice. This includes UIL academics, fine arts and athletic events; facility rentals; field trips; student and staff travel; Child Development Center, Extended Care after school program, and all other activities district-wide. Click here for more details.

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce announced it has postponed or canceled all upcoming events through April. They are working on rescheduling the upcoming Lunch & Learns, Breakfast Builder and Business After Hours. The Lake Travis SpringFest scheduled for April 25 will be moved to another date in Fall. Click here for more information. 

Texas Health and Human Services also has expanded guidelines now in place for hospitals and there is now new guidance in place for child care facilities. Please visit the HHS website by clicking here for more information. 


March 15, 2020 Update: Austin and Travis County officials have implemented a ban on community gatherings of 250 or more people in Travis County to slow the transmission of COVID-19 effective today (March 15, 2020). This ban will be in effect until at least May 1. Click here for those details. There are no city-sponsored gatherings expected of that size in the next week in Lakeway. Lakeway City Council will be discussing next steps on the COVID-19 response at the City Council meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020. See the March 14, 2020 Update below for details and how to participate in the meeting remotely. 

Lake Travis Community Library announced they will be closed starting today (March 15, 2020), and until further notice. Please click here for details. 

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued updated guidance for nursing homes under the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, which includes restricting facility access to staff, certain medical professionals and other providers of essential services. Nursing facilities must implement screening protocols for anyone entering their facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified that older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of serious illness from the virus. If you fall in any of these categories, please click here for additional prevention tips from the CDC. 


March 14, 2020 Update: The City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall will proceed as scheduled. The health and safety of our residents is the utmost importance, and we understand with the current situation that some may decide to stay home during the meeting. As usual, we will live stream the City Council meeting on our website (click here for that link). Additionally, we will accept comment for the citizen participation portion of the agenda through email to be read by a staff member at the City Council meeting during those portions of the meeting. All comments can be sent by email to info@lakeway-tx.gov. Please include "City Council Public Comment" in the subject line, and in the email include the agenda item (number), your name, address and your comment (see agenda link below). Citizen participation is limited to three minutes, so please keep comments within a normal readable time allotment for that amount of time. Your comment must be received by 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 to be read at the City Council meeting. 

Click here for a link of the agenda for the City Council meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Also, our biggest grocery stores in Lakeway have noted they are changing their store hours to help restock items due to the recent increased demand. H-E-B will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting today (Saturday, March 14, 2020) and Randall’s will operate between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting tomorrow (Sunday March 15, 2020). Randall’s also indicated they need workers to help restock shelves and will try to expedite interviews if you’re interested. Please click here for a link to that information. 

Additional community resources related to COVID-19 have been added to the bottom of this page, and will continue to be added. Please scroll down for additional local and regional information and links. 


March 13, 2020 Update: Three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Austin. These individuals are being monitored. Those are the only three known positive cases in Travis County. Austin ISD and University of Texas at Austin have both canceled classes as a precaution for Friday, March 13, 2020. Rodeo Austin was also recently canceled. 

At this time, events and meetings scheduled with the City of Lakeway will continue as planned. The City will continue to evaluate each meeting and event on a day-to-day basis. The health and safety of our residents is of primary importance. We are in communication with Austin and Travis County health officials, LTISD and other area agencies and will make decisions based on the latest information affecting our community. Additionally, the City will be implementing extra cleaning measures at City facilities, posting educational materials and putting a plan in place to sustain operations if a decision is made for staff to work from home.     

Bee Cave Public Library will maintain normal operating hours, but has suspended programming through the end of March. Lake Travis Community Library will also maintain normal library hours, but will be canceling all programs, events, meeting room bookings, outreach activities and bookmobile stops at this time, and will also temporarily suspend all fines on overdue materials to encourage those who may not feel well to stay home and recover. Other facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living centers are also taking extra precautionary methods. Please refer to their websites for the latest information. 

For the latest updates from Lake Travis Independent School District, click here. Click here for the latest updates from the City of Austin and Travis County. 

The best plan of action is to continue to wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze with your arm and stay at home when sick. Simple precautionary methods can go a long way in preventing the spread of many illnesses. Please see below for more important tips. Have questions? Feel free to email us at info@lakeway-tx.gov. We will continue to update this page with the latest developments.  


March 6, 2020 Update from the City of Austin and Travis County: In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19 across the nation, Austin-Travis County leaders have declared a “local state of disaster” to more proactively increase preventative measures and require mitigation plans for events in the region. You can click here for more details regarding this update. 

March 6, 2020 Update (4:15 p.m.) from City of Austin: The 2020 SXSW festival in Austin has been canceled as a result of the declaration.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the latest updates on the Coronavirus along with prevention tips. There are currently no known cases being reported at this time in Travis County. You can find the latest updates and details from the CDC by clicking here. You can find background information about the virus also from the Texas Department of State Health Services by clicking here


Here is some key information to know from the CDC:


Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new Coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily does the virus spread?                 

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Prevention and treatment tips from the CDC:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty