Companies in the Austin area now have a new capacity limit of 50 percent
The notification that triggered the rollback came on Sunday because COVID-19 hospital stays in trauma service area O, which includes the Austin subway area, exceeded 15% of hospital capacity for 7 days.
Austin, Texas – – People continued to shop in stores and eat in restaurants on Monday, even though it wasn’t as usual. Capacity at locations across the Austin metropolitan area is now capped at 50%.
According to Aaron Hegger, having lots of empty tables in the dining room is a familiar look. “Well, it’s only going to get me 50% off,” Hegger said.
According to Hegger, the New Awlins Café has fallen below the new limit in recent weeks. “I can survive, I really can, I mean, I know, I can survive, I do a good job. My work speaks for itself, not too many people can make Cajun food, so I have the advantage,” said Hegger .
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The notification that triggered the rollback came on Sunday because COVID-19 hospital stays in trauma service area O, which includes the Austin subway area, exceeded 15% of hospital capacity for 7 days. The rollback order implies that no elective operations are allowed.
For restrictions to be relaxed, the area must be below 15% of hospital capacity for 7 days. The counties in trauma service area O include:
- San Saba
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Travis County officials said the new business capacity rule is not intended to prevent local hospitals from being overrun. The state health authority Dr. John Hellerstedt recognized the close race they are in on Monday.
“These efforts are, as the governor said, unprecedented. We never had to try to vaccinate every person in the state as quickly as possible, but we do,” said Hellerstedt.
Hellerstedt believes the relief will come at some point as more people get vaccinated and when those who get sick have more access to antibody treatments.
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“Please be patient, we will get more vaccines, we will find even better ways to give the vaccine to everyone who is ready in time, but we just don’t have it.” Supply I still can’t say more emphatically, if we had more, we would run out more, we’re not holding anything back, “said Hellerstedt.
In the summer there were long lines in front of shops and restaurants when the occupancy rate was halved. We haven’t found any now – but in some places – like the Fat Dragon Restaurant in northwest Austin, the dining option is gone. Take out only leftovers.
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“We’re trying to do our best to make everything work. Everything is fine but it’s hard to survive,” said owner Nancy Qui.
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