Local NewsEast to West: How Shelter-In-Place Orders Have Impacted Austin [PHOTOS]

Austin was among the first cities in Texas to issue shelter-in-place ordinances to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here is a collection of photos documenting the impact on the city.
April 6, 2020
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that extended the shutdown of non-essential activities throughout the state, just one week after the City of Austin enacted its own “Stay Home Work Safe” ordinance.

These orders require most citizens to work from home and avoid traveling as much as possible to slow the spread of coronavirus — and the impact on the city is eminently apparent.

Below are a series of photos starting on the South East side of Downtown Austin and ending on the North West side that document how social distancing and shelter-in-place orders are impacting the city.


An Austinite working remotely. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
Flat Track, a third-wave coffee shop on East Cesar Chavez St., only allows 1 customer on the premises at a time and strictly enforces the 6-foot distancing policy. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
The closed dining patio in front of Counter Culture Cafe, an otherwise-popular spot for city-dwellers to congregate. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
“One world six feet apart.” (The Texan/Ben Billups)


Congress Avenue at 10:58AM on Friday, April 3, 2020. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
A lone construction worker visits the P. Terry’s on 6th and Congress. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
Construction workers are among the few legally permitted to leave their homes for work under current regulations. (The Texan/Ben Billups)
The Punch Bowl Social on Congress Avenue opened its doors just three months before shelter-in-place orders took effect. (The Texan/Ben Billups)


A staple of the Austin skate-scene, No-Comply (named after the popular flatground skate trick) is only offering online orders and curbside pickup until further notice. (The Texan/Ben Billups)

Just behind No-Comply is House Skate Park. A No-Comply employee told The Texan that the park is still being used for exercise but police have asked those not engaged in skating to leave. (The Texan/Ben Billups)


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Ben Billups

Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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