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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERAUSTINMETRO Travis Baker GENERAL MANAGER Phyllis Campos, pcampos@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL

FROMPHYLLIS: Sure, “eating in” has become the norm. But do you nd yourself ordering from your same list of favorites? We want to help connect readers with the many area restaurants near you that are still oering great food and service, but now need your business more than ever. Starting on Page 6, you’ll nd listings of area restaurants that provide curbside pickup, takeout and delivery options. Go ahead and make a place on the coee table; you’re going to want to hold on to this April issue. Phyllis Campos, GENERALMANAGER

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Joe Warner ASSOCIATEMANAGING EDITOR Amy Denney EDITOR Iain Oldman COPY CHIEF Andy Comer COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury STAFFWRITERS Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Nicholas Cicale, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan, Christopher Neely, Danica Smithwick ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Taylor Caranfa DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Haley Grace GRAPHIC DESIGNER Mel Stea STAFF DESIGNERS Chance Flowers, Shelby Savage, Stephanie Torres BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US 16225 Impact Way, Ste. 1 Pugerville, TX 78660 • 5129896808 communityimpact.com PRESS RELEASES nwanews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher.

RESTAURANT LISTINGS Local takeout and delivery options IMPACTS Now Open, Coming Soon &more WHERE’S THE TODO LIST? FROMTHE EDITOR: Many Austin events have been canceled as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. Because of this, we realized we could not guarantee the accuracy of an event listing page and decided to not run our To-do List this month. We hope to bring this content back soon .

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Community Impact Newspaper is regularly contacting Austin restaurants to learn the latest updates on how they are managing new regional, state and federal regulations for social distancing. This list is not comprehensive. Share updates with the editorial team by emailing nwanews@communityimpact.com. FOOD&DRINKDELIVERYOPTIONS

H Home delivery C Curbside pickup D Drive-thru T Takeout A Alcohol available

AUSTIN 85°C Bakery and Cafe 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 140, Austin 512-614-1331 www.85cbakerycafe.com H C Andy’s Frozen Custard 1701 W. Parmer Lane, Austin 512-243-5181 www.eatandys.com D Austin Cheese Co. 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 123, Austin 512-649-4711 www.austincheesecompany.com H T Bakery Lorraine 11600 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 100, Austin 512-300-0300 www.bakerylorraine.com H C T Big City Bagels and Subs 10401 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 117, Austin 512-646-8957 T Bigg Belly BBQ Co. 9313 Anderson Mill Road, Austin 512-903-0714 H Biryani & Co. 11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 210, Austin 512-342-1985 www.biryaniusa.com T Black Walnut Cafe A 10817 RM 2222, Austin 512-241-0333 www.blackwalnutcafe.com H C T A B 11101 Burnet Road, Ste. 150, Austin 512-873-7800 www.blackwalnutcafe.com H C T A Cabo Bob’s Burritos A 13429 N. US 183, Ste. 100, Austin 512-432-1114 www.cabobobs.com H C T B 7849 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin 512-432-1113 www.cabobobs.com H C T Chen’s Noodle House 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 127, Austin 512-336-8889 www.chensnoodlehouseaustin.com H T

China Gold Asian Kitchen 12300 RM 620, Austin 512-428-4581 www.chinagold620.com H C T Coffee + Crisp 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Ste. 100, Austin 512-763-9717 www.coffeeandcrisp.com H T Coffee Shark Espresso & Pints 7300 RM 2222, Ste. 111, Austin 512-505-8051 www.coffeeshark.com H T A Cover 3 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 202, Austin 512-374-1121 www.cover-3.com H C A Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Cantina 3120 Palm Way, Ste. 170, Austin 512-339-6277 www.catexmexcantina.com H T A District Kitchen + Cocktails 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd., Bldg. B, Austin 512-284-7837 www.districtaustin.com district-north H C A Don Don Express 11815 N. RM 620, Ste. 4, Austin 737-205-8025 www.dondonexpress.com H C D T A Donkey Mo’s Korean Fried Chicken 11301 Lakeline Blvd, Austin 737-717-6905 www.donkeymos.com H C T Donut Hub 12129 N. RM 620, Ste. 448, Austin 512-258-1118 www.facebook.com/donuthubatx H C Dream Bakery 2013 Wells Branch Parkway, Ste. 109, Austin 512-494-4009 www.dreambakery.com C East Side Pies 13265 N. US 183, Ste. B, Austin 512-488-9585 www.eastsidepies.com H T Ebisu 13376 N. US 183, Ste. 400, Austin

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512-243-5554 www.ebisuaustin.com H C A El Tacorrido 9320 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 512-873-8602 www.eltacorrido.com D T Epoch Coffee 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 409, Austin 512-351-9731 www.epochcoffee.com H Fat Dragon 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 109, Austin 512-258-7587 www.fatdragonatx.com H T Fire Bowl Cafe 13000 N. RM 620, Ste. 103, Austin 512-387-8800 www.firebowlcafe.com H T Flower Child 11721 Rock Rose Ave., Austin 512-777-2493 www.iamaflowerchild.com H C T Garden Spot Cafe 9415 Burnet Road, Ste. 106, Austin 512-835-1985 www.gardenspotcafe.com T Goya Restaurant 13776 N. US 183, Ste. 134, Austin 512-814-0130 T Green Mango Thai Spice 8300 N. RM 620, Bldg. L, Ste. 800, Austin 737-222-5000 www.greenmangoatx.com H C A Gringa’s Street Tacos 10025 Burnet Road, Austin 512-973-9909 www.gringasaustin.com D T Hat Creek Burger Co. 3210 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 100, Austin 512-838-6224 www.hatcreekburgers.com H C T A Heaven’s Bistro Bakery 2205 W. Parmer Lane, Austin

512-351-8044 www.heavensbistrobakery.com H T Hi Wings Chicken House 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 135, Austin 512-334-9004 www.hiwingsatx.com H T Honest Mary’s 9828 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 300, Austin 512-953-8427 www.honestmarys.com H C T House of Three Gorges 8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 144, Austin 512-953-8666 www.houseofthreegorgestx.com H T Hunan Bistro 10700 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 105, Austin 512-579-0108 www.hunanbistroaustin.com T i Fratelli Pizza 10001 Research Blvd., Austin 512-795-8744 www.ifratellipizza.com H C Interstellar BBQ 12233 N. RM 620, Ste. 105, Austin 512-382-6248 www.facebook.com Interstellarbbq C It’s a Grind 4005 W. Parmer Lane, Austin 512-833-5858 www.itsagrind.com D Jan Chi Korean Cuisine & BBQ 3808 Spicewood Springs Road, Ste. 104, Austin 512-852-9990 www.facebook.com/janchiatx T Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 11601 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 110, Austin 737-209-0336 www.jenis.com H Jersey Giant Pizza 7318 McNeil Drive, Ste. 109, Austin 512-362-8842 www.jerseygiantpizza.com H T

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Julie’s Noodles 8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 110, Austin 512-394-6967 www.juliesnoodles.com T Kabobzi Mediterranean Grill 11101 Burnet Road, Ste. A 130, Austin 512-350-2632 www.kabobzi.com T Kobe Japanese Steakhouse 13492 US 183, Ste. 380, Austin 512-288-7333 www.kobeaustin.com H C T A Le Bleu 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 303, Austin 512-770-1100 www.lebleuatx.com H A Lotus Chinese 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 152, Austin 512-334-9387 www.lotusandcleaver.com H C Market Street Pizza 13000 N. I-35, Ste. 210, Austin 512-821-3311 www.marketstreetpizzatx.com H C Masala Wok 10515 N. MoPac, Ste. A-155, Austin 512-296-2977 www.masalawok.com D T Maudie’s Tex-Mex 10205 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 512-832-0900 www.maudies.com C Michi Ramen 10700 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 109, Austin 512-953-8143 www.michiramen.com H T Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Cafe 8565 Research Blvd., Austin 512-837-3500 www.mistertramps.com H A Morning Sunshine Breakfast Treats 10601 N. RM 620, Austin 512-581-8959 www.morningsunshinebreakfast.com/ C

Oakwood BBQ 307 E. Braker Lane, Austin 512-520-5165 www.oakwoodbbqaustin.com T A One Taco A 2900 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 14, Austin 512-580-1322 www.eatonetaco.com H C A B 12200 Research Blvd., Ste. 400, Austin 512-258-5525 www.eatonetaco.com H C A Oz. Tap House 10601 RM 2222, Ste. H, Austin 512-366-5007 www.oztaphouse.com H C A Paradise On Ice 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 505, Austin 512-992-0223 www.paradiseonicetogo.com T A Pav Bhaji Vada Pav Zone 9313 Anderson Mill Road, Austin 512-909-9826 Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille 11801 Domain Blvd., Austin 512-270-6880 www.perryssteakhouse.com H T A Pho Dinh Vietnamese Cuisine 9515 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 156, Austin 512-729-1706 www.facebook.com/phodinhatx H T www.facebook.com immieshaikhaustin H T Pho Phi Vietnamese Noodles & Grill 1700 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 610, Austin 512-596-2746 www.phophirestaurant.com H T PitaLicious 4101 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. C, Austin 512-309-0199 www.austinpitalicious.com H C Pluckers Wing Bar 9070 Research Blvd. Ste. 201C, Austin 512-533-9464 www.pluckers.com H C A

Poke House 11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 216, Austin 512-291-6986 www.pokehousetx.com H C Ramen Tatsu-Ya 8557 Research Blvd., Ste. 126, Austin 512-893-5561 www.ramen-tatsuya.com C A Red Lotus Asian Grille 6507 Jester Blvd., Ste. 501, Austin 512-494-4994 www.redlotusasiangrille.com H T Rice Bowl Cafe 11220 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. C306, Austin 512-835-8888 www.ricebowlcafeaustin.com H T Roba Katsu & Teriyaki H Mart, 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Austin 737-717-6905 www.robakatsu.com H T Salvation Pizza 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Austin 512-832-6561 www.salvationpizza.com H T A Sangam Chettinad Indian Cuisine 6001 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 140, Austin 512-770-1104 www.sangamchettinad.com H C Southside Market & Barbeque 10515 N. MoPac, Ste. B-225, Austin 512-838-3600 www.southsidemarket.com H T Spinners 14106 N. I-35, Austin 512-990-3665 www.spinnersaustin.com H T A Summer Moon Coffee Bar A 8300 N. RM 620, Ste. 300 G, Austin 512-432-5070 www.summermooncoffee.com H D B 2301 W. Anderson Lane, Austin 512-582-0879 www.summermooncoffee.com H C C 11005 Burnet Road, Ste. 112, Austin

NOWOPEN 1 Aspire North Austin , located at 13130 Pond Springs Road, Austin, in April opened the first of three modern apartment and townhouse buildings. The two other buildings are near completion, developer David Spatz said. One building will house 27 units and a second building with 39 units will likely wrap up construction in May. The pet-friendly complex offers pool access, modern appliances and reserved parking, and pricing begins at $1,495 per month. 2 Sisters SnoShack on April 10 opened its shaved ice trailer at 8012 Mesa Drive, Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack. Sisters SnoShack sells more than 50 flavors of snow cones, including sugar-free options. The business is currently taking to-go and pickup orders and is not accepting cash. 512-200-9452. www.facebook.com/sisterssnoshack 3 Chick-fil-A canceled its grand opening but still opened in The Center at Four Points area March 26 at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 9, Austin. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the location is accommodating drive-thru orders until further notice. The fast-food chain is known for its fried and grilled chicken sandwiches and nuggets. 866-232-2040. www.chick-fil-a.com COMING SOON 4 Tatsumi Sushi , located at 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 212, Austin, will open soon, according to the restaurant’s social media pages. The high-end sushi restaurant will serve nigiri and sashimi as well as a selection of courses from Tastumi’s executive chef. 512-906-0229. 5 Jason Wright Law in February relocated offices to 11782 Jollyville Road, Ste. 213, Austin. The law office, previously located at 7718 Wood Hol- low Drive, Austin, focuses on family law, including custody disputes, me- diation and litigation issues, adoption and LGBTQ rights. 512-884-1221. www.jasonwrightlaw.com www.tatsumiaustin.com RELOCATIONS

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737-300-1265 www.summermooncoffee.com H T Tarka Indian Kitchen A 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., Ste. 500, Austin 512-394-6248 www.tarkaindiankitchen.com H T B 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 300 Austin 512-323-0955 www.tarkaindiankitchen.com H T C 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 124, Austin 512-719-3311 www.tarkaindiankitchen.com H T Texas Roadhouse 13435 N. US 183, Bldg. 7, Austin 512-336-7427 www.texasroadhouse.com C T The Kebab Shop 9761 Great Hills Trail, Austin 512-900-4078 www.thekebabshop.com H C The Rolling Rooster

13717 N. MoPac, Austin 512-547-4444 www.therollingrooster.com H C TLLT BBQ 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin 512-357-7777 www.tlltbbq.com H C A Top Taco 10505 N. RM 620, Austin 512-888-2565 www.tacofoodgroup.com H C Tso Chinese Delivery 9333 Research Blvd., Bldg. E, Ste. 402, Austin 512-774-4876 www.tsodelivery.com H C V Cafe 10700 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 210, Austin 512-344-9532 www.vcafetexas.com H C D T A Velvet Taco 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 160, Austin 512-704-8226 www.velvetaco.com

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The city of Austin’s Corridor Construction Program is continuing work on several pedestrian improvement projects near the North Lamar Transit Center in North Aus- tin, according to an April 3 newsletter. Kelly Buethe, a senior public information specialist for Austin’s Corridor Program Oce, said in an email that crews will work to install trac signal and pedestrian im- provements along North Lamar Boulevard at its intersections with Cooper Drive, Grady Drive, Faireld Drive and West Pow- ell Lane beginning sometime in April. The work is being funded through the city’s 2016 Mobility Bond.

New smart trac signals will be installed at the Grady, Faireld and West Powell intersections, according to the city. “Smart trac signals will have the latest technology to reliably detect trac and sync with other trac signals along the corridor, helping to facilitate the ecient and safe ow of trac,” Buethe said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper . All of the intersection and pedestrian improvements will include high-visibility pedestrian crosswalks and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks. Work at these intersections are expected to continue through fall 2020, city docu- ments show. The West Powell intersection improve- ments will also include median adjust-

ments to increase safety for crossing pedestrians, according to the city. Motorists and nearby residents may also see lane closures along North Lamar between US 183 and Rundberg Lane in North Austin as city crews survey under- ground utilities, such as water lines and telecommunication lines, the city’s April 3 newsletter states. Buethe in an email said the city “cannot pinpoint the exact locations on a daily basis” due to the nature of the work being done by crews.

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The city will install a pedestrian crossing signal at Cooper, where a ashing light will tell motorists to stop for crossing pedestrians. The work hours available for construction crews throughout the day could be ex- tended to 7 a.m.-6 p.m. as fewer motorists are on the road as a result of the city’s stay-at-home order, Buethe said. Capital Metro projects an estimated $136million in lost revenue

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With sales tax revenue and fares on the decline, Capital Metro is preparing for a revenue loss of more than $136 million over the next two scal years. “It could be $8.7 million-$13 million [in lost revenue] for each month that this crisis continues,” said Reinet Marneweck, Capital Metro’s chief nancial ocer, during the agency’s April 20 virtual board meeting. The transit agency is estimating to see a $78 million revenue loss in scal year 2019-20 and could see a $58 million revenue loss in the FY 2020-21 budget because of recession concerns, she said. Most of the loss, she said, is because of a 30%-50% reduction in sales tax revenue, which provides 80% of the agency’s total operating revenue. Jurisdictions from Capital Metro’s ser- vice area provide a 1% sales tax to the agency. Local businesses are temporarily closing or modifying operations because of the coronavirus. Additionally, Marneweck said Capital Metro is losing fare revenue because of the reduction in service that began

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Agency is receiving $102 million in federal aid

Estimated $78 million revenue loss during FY 2019-20

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RM 2222 bypass and improvements TxDOT crews are working on in- stalling storm sewer lines down the center lane of RM 2222 from RM 620 to River Place Boulevard. Daytime closures are expected during this work. More utility work has begun between McNeil Drive and River Place Boulevard along RM 2222. Timeline: Fall 2018-summer 2020

in capital projects and $11.9 million in operating projects. Marneweck said Capital Metro has access to $111 million in unrestricted funds, including $61.5 million from its reserves. The agency is also receiving a $102 million grant from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to cover operating expenses and lost revenue. “It is 100% to keep the lights on,” Capital Metro President and CEO Randy Clarke said. “Without it, transit across this coun- try would be decimated.”

March 18. Ridership is down more than 60% as the agency stresses transit should only be used for essential trips. To protect its drivers, employees and customers from the spread of the corona- virus, Capital Metro is also paying for ad- ditional bus cleanings and oering three weeks of paid sick leave for all employees and transit service provider employees. “We have directed our contractors to keep all employees on sta and not to do any furloughs or layos,” Marneweck said. To oset these losses, she said, Capi- tal Metro will defer about $7.7 million

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News from Austin, Williamson County & local school districts

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport gets $58.7 million in aid

District cancels prom, delays graduations

BY NICHOLAS CICALE

Center except for the Rosedale School graduation, according to a post by the district April 14. “We are disappointed that these important milestones cannot continue as scheduled, but we are hopeful that we can come together virtually in June and in-person in August to celebrate the successes of our seniors,” the district stated in the notice.

AUSTIN ISD District officials in mid-April officially canceled all of this year’s proms and postponed spring graduation ceremonies until August. Graduation ceremonies for senior students previously sched- uled for May 26-28 are now sched- uled for Aug. 10-13. Ceremonies will take place at the Frank Erwin

BY JACK FLAGLER

allocated for airports in the corona- virus relief bill passed by Congress in March. “This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the con- tinued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” Chao said. TEXAS AIRPORT AID Texas airports received a total of

AUSTIN Facing a decline in pas- senger traffic of about 90% since the beginning of the worldwide coronavi- rus pandemic, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has received an injection of federal funds to stay afloat and keep employees in their jobs. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced April 14 that $811.5 million in funds from the Federal Aviation Administra- tion would be going toward Texas airports, including $58.7 million to Austin-Bergstrom. The Dallas-Fort Worth Interna- tional Airport will receive 299.2 million, and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will receive $149.2 million. The awards are part of $10 billion

Fall semester grades to determine rank, GPA

BY IAIN OLDMAN

rank, according to the district. As a result, the calculation of the GPA and class rank for the PfISD classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 will not include grades from the 2020 spring semester. PfISD Communications Officer Tamra Spence said students will still receive a grade on their work from the last grading period when school was in session, which ended in mid-March.

$811.5 million in funds from the Federal Aviation Administration. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport George Bush Intercontinental Airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

PFLUGERVILLE ISD High school students across Pflugerville ISD will receive their class rank and grade point average based on final semester grades from the district’s 2019-20 fall semester, following an April 17 vote by the board of trustees. Academic honors such as valedictorian, salutatorian and top 10% are determined by class

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SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Board punts on raises for faculty, staff

County sees spike in pill overdoses in April

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

$8.7 million, or a 2.7% budget impact, according to staff’s presentation. Instead of adopting the proposal recommended by district adminis- tration and the state board, a slim majority of school board members opted to postpone the vote, citing fears of the coronavirus’s impact on finances and funding. The proposal that the board failed to vote on April 16 would have increased teachers’ starting salaries to $50,000 and adjusted that amount during years two through six to alleviate compression.

BY ALI LINAN

ROUND ROCK ISD Teachers and staff at Round Rock ISD will have to wait to learn whether they will receive a raise for the 2020-21 school year following a lack of board action April 16. Members of the district’s adminis- tration and the Texas Association of School Boards recommended a 2% salary increase in an April 16 pre- sentation. The increase, which also included salary adjustments for posi- tions that were under market value, would have totaled approximately

There are two types of counterfeit pills involved in these overdoses— counterfeit oxycodone 30 mg pills and Xanax 2 mg “bars” presumed to contain illicitly manufactured fentanyl, the release said. Substance Abuse andMental Health Services AdministrationNational Helpline

WILLIAMSON COUNTY An increase in overdoses in William- son County related to counterfeit prescription pills has been recorded by county officials, according to an April 17 news release. Since April 1, Williamson County Emergency Management Services has responded to a near five-fold increase in opioid overdose calls compared to the usual monthly average, all of which involved counterfeit pills, the release said.

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INSIDE INFORMATION City of Austin and Travis County ocials on April 13 mandated residents wear cloth face coverings or medical grade masks over the nose and mouth when performing most activities out of the home. If you have not been able to buy masks, here is a guide to make your own cloth masks at home. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov for more guidelines. Facing the facts

Learn how to make a mask from household items

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WHY SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? Many coronavirus cases lack symptoms or develop symptoms later on in the diagnosis, so individuals might not know they have or are transmitting the disease. The virus can spread during interactions such as speaking, coughing or sneezing.

• Cover your mouth and nose in public even if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or interacting with someone who is experiencing symptoms. • Wash masks in hot water before the rst use and between uses. • Wear a mask when in public places such as grocery stores, at medical appointments and accessing other essential services. • Replace masks when they get damp.

• Use surgical masks or N-95 respirators, as these critical supplies should be reserved for health care professionals. • Ignore calls for social distancing of 6 feet between persons. • Forget to wash hands frequently as well as before putting on a mask. • Reuse single-use masks.

HOW TO MAKE A MASK AT HOME Cloth face coverings can be crafted from household items such as fabric, scarves, bandanas, hand towels, T-shirts and rubber bands or hair ties.

STEP 4: Fold fabric to the middle from both sides and tuck the sides in.

STEP 5: Attach each rubber band to either ear, ensuring the mouth and nose are completely covered.

STEP 3: Place a rubber band on each side of the fabric.

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STORIES BY IAIN OLDMAN Small-business owners have told Community Impact Newspaper they are seeing revenues slashed, but many local businesses are nding innovative ways to keep their doors open and employees on the payroll to get through to the other side of the pandemic. Local businesses adapt to ride out the pandemic Breweries appeal togovernor for relaxed regulations Businessesmodify models tohelpserve their communities Across Austin, businesses have been forced to adjust to the reality of closed dining rooms and shuttered retail spaces and workspaces with new safety guidelines. CONTINUED FROM 1

Craft breweries across Texas have experienced an average 71% decline in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey con- ducted and distributed by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. A petition sent to Gov. Greg Abbott by the TCBG with more than 17,000 signatures requests a temporary waiver on beer shipping and deliv- ery restrictions. The petition also seeks streamlined label approval for breweries and state tax relief, includ- ing deferment of Texas Alcoholic

Beverage Commission tax collections and tax credits for surplus beer that has to be dumped throughout the coronavirus pandemic. TCBG Executive Director Charles Vallhonrat said these measures may help some breweries survive the ongoing crisis. “Given the feedback we have on the economic situation, we anticipate there will be breweries that will not be able to open their doors after this event is nished,” Vallhonrat said. The Austin craft brewery scene’s

rst pandemic casualty has already happened in Northwest Austin. North By Northwest Restaurant and Brew- ery, which rst opened in 1999, per- manently closed in mid-April. Across the Austin area, many brew- eries have adjusted their sales models to sell six-packs, crowlers and growl- ers at curbside stations. Regardless, local beer makers are taking a sub- stantial hit on revenue, according to the TCBG survey. Numbers show 67% of breweries that responded to the survey have reduced beer production. Further, 27% have temporarily stopped beer production altogether or are manag- ing current inventory. In North Austin, Celis Brewery founder Christine Celis said her com- pany is working at approximately 30% of its production capacity. Celis believes the proposed delivery option will allow her to increase safety by limiting customer interactions. “It would benet the breweries; it would benet the customers and, overall, the health impact of the com- munity,” Celis said.

In the days following the ban of gatherings of 10 or more people, Dream Bakery owner Karen Fry said her business experienced a run of cus- tomers canceling wedding cakes. “Our revenue dropped almost 80% overnight,” Fry said. But when Fry looked in her bak- ery’s walk-in refrigerator, she said the idea to donate some of Dream Bakery’s stock of butter, eggs, milk and dry ingredients to members of the community popped in her head, and the company moved forward with it. “People started asking if they could buy it, and then they asked if they could pay for other peoples’ orders,” Fry said. “We’re still making dona- tions to people in need, but we’re selling our, butter, sugar, eggs and yeast.” In the following twoweeks, the busi- ness sold or donated 4,000 pounds of our, 850 orders of one dozen eggs, 500 cookies, 250 pounds of butter and 75 gallons of milk, Fry said. Dream Bakery will continue to be able to oer groceries, such as milk, butter and dry goods, for the foresee- able future, Fry said. Fry’s bakery also transitioned to selling premade kits for customers to bake cookies, cinnamon buns and more at home, and DreamBakery now sells sourdough starters. In North Austin, Cover 3 owner Doug Young said he noticed his neigh- bors were unable to get certain goods from the grocery store—namely meat, eggs and paper products. In response to that apparent need, the sports bar and restaurant chain now oers grill kits that customers can order on Cover 3’s website. The kits contain steaks to throw on the grill as well as sides—grilled corn, potatoes and other produce—to cook and serve. The kits also contain some items that are currently dicult to nd at grocery stores—eggs, toilet paper, paper towels and gallons of milk.

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Breweries across Texas are facing nancial stress as they are forced to sell beer to go only, according to a survey from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. 14% of Texas breweries are temporarily closed . 27% have temporarily stopped production . 63% have had to lay o or furlough employees. Breweries are averaging a 71% decline in revenue. As one local example, Celis Brewery is operating at 30% of its production capacity.

SOURCES: CHRISTINE CELIS, TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS GUILDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Constructiondelay to impact someproject timelines

There was one week of downtime between the city of Austin’s initial ban on residential construction and Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that opened the industry up again. Following its March 24 prohibition, homebuilders said the city of Austin gave sites three days to wind down construction to leave unnished sites in a safe position. Some projects may be delayed for weeks or months because of that pause, said Guillermo Carillo, owner of Lecasa Homes & Renovations. “I have suered a delay. It’ll take me a couple of weeks to get back,” Carillo said. Wes Peoples, founder and presi- dent of Wes Peoples Homes, said his projects that are nearing completion likely will still get delivered on time,

Short on inventory However, Peoples expects his houses that are in the beginning as the Austin Development Services Department stated it will continue to send inspectors out to sites.

stages of development may see time- lines change as crews were mandated to stop work due to the pause in construction. “Houses that are in earlier stages, you’re probably looking at a 2-3 week completion pushback,” Peoples said.

A pause on residential construction in Austin may delay deliveries of new homes in an already thin Northwest Austin housing market, data shows. The graph below depicts, from Oct. 2019 to March 2020, the amount of time taken for all houses in the market to sell if no new homes are built.

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eight weeks, and as long as 75% of funds were used toward payroll, the loan is forgivable. But the money in the rst round of funding ran out quickly. Banks received authorization to begin making PPP loans to small businesses April 3. By the morning of April 16, the entirety of the rst $349 bil- lion allocated by Congress to the program had been distributed, including more than 88,000 loans to Texas businesses totaling more than $21 billion. The emergency funding largely side- lined Austin’s startups because of the way the SBA’s rules are written. The admin- istration’s “aliate rule” stipulates that, when counting the number of employees at a business, all companies with the same investors must aggregate their sta num- bers together. Since many startups have multiple investors, tallying their numbers along with other, unaliated startups, pushes the vast majority above the threshold of 500 sta members, making them ineligible to apply. After initially launching the PPP and other disaster-relief loan programs, the SBA issued new guidance to companies clarify- ing its policies, but the aliation rules were not waived completely. On April 21, the U.S. Senate passed a deal to inject the program with an additional $310 billion. Nina Ramon, public aairs and eco- nomic relations specialist for the SBA, said eld agents will stay exible to help local businesses. “Our small-business community is resilient, and they’re going to do what it takes to stay alive and recover from the crisis,” Ramon said. Is there an exit plan? On April 17, Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to lift certain restrictions in Texas to restore more jobs. However, Abbott said the reopening process will have to be done cautiously and in stages given the risk of a resurgence in cases. Laura Human, who took over as the president and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in April, said after Abbott ’s announcement the eco- nomic recovery may happen in ts and starts—both locally and statewide. “I think it’s important to acknowledge that you may move forward, nd that you’ve moved a lit- tle bit too fast, and have to take a half a step back- wards,” she said. Additional reporting by Christopher Neely

Tens of thousands of Austinites are looking for help after being furloughed, laid o or having their hours cut in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

Kristy Avila works as a manager at Paco’s Tacos in East Austin. When restaurants were forced to close dine-in areas March 17, Paco’s—like many restau- rants— decided to stay open for take-out and deliv- ery. But with no customers coming in the door, Avila said her hours were cut to about ve or 10 per week. That means Avila is eligible to receive benets from the state’s Shared Work program, in which the Texas Workforce Commission supplements employ- ees’ lost wages to help businesses weather a slow- down and help Texas residents keep their heads above water nancially. Avila has tried to get through to the TWC for weeks, but the system has been overwhelmed by millions of phone calls from Texans each day. Avila has not been able to connect as of April 19 and said she is starting to run out of hope. Cisco Gamez, TWC media and public relations specialist, said prior to the pandemic, the state agency received about 13,000 calls a day. In the rst half of April, the TWC receivedmore than 2.2 million calls per day on average. Withina 30-day span frommid-March tomid-April, the TWC processed more unemployment insurance claims than it did in all of 2019. According to Gamez, the TWC processed about 700,000 unemployment insurance claims for Texans in 2019. Locals have felt the eects of the economy grounding sharply to a halt. According to numbers fromWorkforce Solutions of the Capital area, unem- ployment in the Austin metro jumped a full per- centage point—from 2.5% to 3.5%—from February to March, representing 43,971 local residents seeking benets. Gamez said the TWC has set up additional call centers, hired employees on an emergency basis, shifted workers over from other departments and even secured help from the Capitol—bringing on sta from Texas House and Texas Senate members to help residents nd resources. All in all, he said, about 1,000 additional hires have come on board. “We’re going to continue to look for opportunities to help more Texans in need,” Gamez said. Struggling small businesses seek help With residents across the country staying in their homes under government orders, businesses across every sector, from restaurants to auto repair shops to retail stores, saw their revenues plummet and very quickly began asking questions about how long they could hang on before going dark. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Pay- check Protection Program was oered as a life raft to those businesses and their employees. Busi- nesses applying for a PPP loan could receive enough from the SBA to cover their payroll expenses for

If you’ve been laid o:

• Find information on the Texas Workforce Commission website on ling for unemployment benets: www.twc.texas.gov

• Callers to the TWC with a 512 area code are asked to call Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 1-5 p.m.

• Claims are backdated, meaning benets are paid beginning the Sunday before the employee was laid o or March 8 , whichever was later.

• After approval for unemployment insurance, make sure to log back in to request payment.

• Workforce Solutions of the Capital Area can help you navigate the TWC system and access other benets from community organizations.

If your business needs help:

• Reach out to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partners in your community, including SCORE Austin and the Texas State Small Business Development Center. • Establish a strong relationship with a community lender. Financial advisers from business advising company VCFO said smaller banks were generally better poised to make PPP loans than larger, multinational banks. • Other SBA disaster loan programs are still available as of April 19, including the Economic Injury Disaster loan program.

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SOURCES: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION, U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, VCFO, WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS OF THE CAPITAL AREA COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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