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March 25, 2020 4:52 PM

Lakeway Stay At Home Emergency Orders Currently In Effect

APRIL 9, 2020: See links below for the main Stay At Home Order and an additional Supplemental Order added on April 9, 2020, which includes information about business signage, recreational vehicles and Solid Waste late fees.

MARCH 25, 2020: Additionally, these are amended and updated Emergency Orders for the City of Lakeway. Following the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Travis County on March 24, 2020 regarding the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and how easily transmitted it is through person to person contact, especially in group settings, the following Emergency Orders are in effect starting at midnight on March 25, 2020 in Lakeway:

1. SHELTER IN PLACE: All individuals anywhere in the City of Lakeway shall shelter in place, staying at home except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions included in the attached document.
i. LEAVING A RESIDENCE: All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in the linked attached document (refer to Section 2).
ii. BUSINESSES: All businesses operating within the City of Lakeway, except Essential Businesses as defined in the attached document are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the City. ‘Working from home’ is allowable. Essential Businesses must comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines (in attached document), including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and the general public. Essential businesses include healthcare operations, gas stations, delivery/drive-through/carry-out service from restaurants, childcare services (providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted), financial institutions, residential and commercial construction, and more. Click attached link for full list (Section 2b).
iii. GATHERINGS: All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside in a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
iv. RESTAURANTS: Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take-out, delivery or drive-through services as allowed by law.
v. RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
vi. MEDICAL/DENTAL PROCEDURES: All elective medical, surgical and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Lakeway. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed “elective” by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to the COVID-19 response.
vii. CITY MEETINGS: All City boards, committees and commissions shall not meet until further notice except for Zoning and Planning Commission, City Building Commission and Charter Review Committee.
viii. CITY FACILITIES: All nonessential City buildings and facilities shall be closed, except as determined by the City Manager for community benefit. For clarity, this includes the Activity Center, Heritage Center and Swim Center.
ix. PARKS: City parks shall remain open, BUT playgrounds and other equipment (including sport court and facilities) are closed and shall be off-limits until this Order is modified, superseded or rescinded.
x. GOLF COURSES: All golf courses and facilities are closed until further notice.
xi. COURT: The Municipal Court shall continue operations at the discretion of the Judge and Mayor.
xii. OPERATING BUSINESSES: Businesses that remain open shall implement the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for business operations.

2. DEFINITIONS: Please click on the following link and go to Section 2, which includes a breakdown of Essential Businesses like Essential Critical Infrastructure, Essential Healthcare Operations, Essential Retail, Essential Government Function and more.

3. VENTILATORS: Any manufacturer who retools so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of manufacturing and producing ventilators may apply for “Essential Business” exemption under this Order.

4. DELIVERIES: All delivery hour restrictions are suspended for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Lakeway until Order is modified or rescinded, which includes grocery stores, supermarkets, warehouse stores, hospitals and medical facilities.

5. POSITIVE CASES: If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school or any other community function.

6. NURSING/RETIREMENT HOMES: Nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities are instructed by this Order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitations.

"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."

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