Cedar Park- Leander - June 2020

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Cedar Park and Leander leaders react to third phase of reopening

“It is time for us to begin reopening safely, and I am confident that our businesses can rise to the occasion.” Bridget Brandt, Leander Chamber of Commerce president/CEO

isn’t comfortable with eating out yet. It is mixed.” Leander Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Bridget Brandt wel- comed the next reopening phase. “It is time for us to begin reopening safely, and I am confident that our businesses can rise to the occasion,” she said. “Our restaurants are prepared and ready to begin serving their customers again.” The June 3 announcement also allows professional sports played outside to increase from 25% to 50% capacity. College sports played outdoors will be allowed to resume at 50% capacity for the first time since the pandemic. On June 6, the city of Leander began a phased reopening of public spaces and pools. Except for Easter weekend, city parks in Cedar Park have remained open, according to city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. The city gradually reopened several other city-owned facilities May 8, May 18 and May 26. Leander Mayor Troy Hill did not respond to questions emailed to him for this story.

BY BRIAN PERDUE

reopening phase. “I’m glad our employers are getting to improve their financial situation,” Van Arsdale said. “And, of course, I’m glad the COVID recovery rates continue to trend positively—which is what’s allowing these businesses to open in the first place.” Local residents and business owners have varying degrees of comfortability with the relaxing of social distancing suggestions. “I’ve heard different messages from customers,” said Tony Moline, the Cedar Park Chamber of Com- merce president/CEO. “You have the customer who never thought restau- rants should have closed and was first in line to get out on a patio at their favorite location. You also have the customer that wants to support our local eateries and continues to do so by having curbside or takeout. And then you have the customer who just

CEDAR PARKAND LEANDER Officials who were interviewed support Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent announcement easing restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic—as long as data sup- ports continued relaxing of social distancing. On June 3, Abbott introduced his third phase to reopening Texas businesses and activities. Nearly all businesses were shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s announcement allows almost all businesses to operate at 50% capacity with social distancing and more rigorous cleaning proce- dures. Also, restaurants, which were already allowed to use up to 50% capacity, were allowed to increase to 75% capacity June 12. Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said he welcomed the next

“Businesses and customers are moving at the pace

allowed and the pace they are comfortable withmoving.” Tony Moline, Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce president/CEO

“... I’mglad the COVID recovery rates continue to trend positively—which is

what’s allowing these businesses to open in the first place.” Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park mayor

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