Increasing numbers of coronavirus cases are prompting Austin and Travis County to return to Stage 4 of pandemic guidelines. Officials made the announcement on Thursday, adding that they’re trying to prevent a move to the stricter Stage 5.
The city and county reported more than 300 new cases on Wednesday, the most in a single day since August. There are concerns that the upcoming holidays will make things worse. Stage 4 restrictions asked local businesses and restaurants to reduce their capacity again. Bars are still closed.