Battle over Austin curfew heads to court

Heads of State Say Austin’s Temporary Curfew Is “Not Allowed”

A battle is brewing over the new bar and restaurant curfew in Travis County.

The bars have been closed for months. However, many of them have reopened under the guise of restaurants that stay open until 2 a.m. The district judge and the mayor thus decided to impose a three-day curfew before New Year’s Eve.

“Last night, Mayor Steve Adler and I issued new orders between 10:30 pm and 6:00 am restricting food and beverage service. This order is scheduled to run between December 31 and January 3 Business will be closed in between these hours, you can enjoy food and drink indoors and outdoors, “said Judge Andy Brown.

Take-out, curbside, drive-through and delivery are still permitted during these times. Judge Brown says now is the time for the ward to sacrifice great celebrations for the common good.

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Local executives are discussing the limitation of meal times from December 31st

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Andy Brown, and others discuss the order and answer questions from the media.

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“When Dr. Escott is concerned, when Dr. Hayden, an ICU and a pulmonologist are concerned, I am concerned,” Brown said.

Austin Public Health says the numbers are trending in the wrong direction and triggering level five restrictions.

“In the past eight days, the number of people in our intensive care unit has increased 50 percent. Our positivity rate as a community is 13 percent and increasing,” said Dr. Mark Escott, Austin Public Health Provisional Health Authority.

But Governor Greg Abbott immediately tweeted that the order is not allowed and said his executive order is preventing it. Ken Paxton writes a letter threatening legal action if the city does not revoke orders.

“Whatever happens, the lawyers in our system will work through it,” said Mayor Steve Adler.

A county spokesman tells FOX 7 Austin that the county’s orders are tightly tailored and much less restrictive than those of El Paso and the orders issued in the Bexar county. They believe the governor is picking cherries. “That does not violate the regulation, since it is only an operational restriction,” said Adler.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the city. The litigation may be brewing … but in the meantime, officials are still urging Austin residents to go home on New Years Eve and not throw parties.

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