City of Austin to limit dine-in hours starting December 31

The city of Austin has announced that it will limit food hours from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Restrictions begin on Thursday December 31st and last through Sunday January 3rd.

The venues may continue dine-in between 6 a.m. and 10.30 p.m.

This change will apply to any location that serves food or drink from a kitchen, food truck, or on-site catering service. According to a city press conference, the venues serving food and drinks may still be open between 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. via drive-through, pick-up, take-out or roadside delivery services.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Dr. Mark Escott and other local officials are planning a press conference to further explain these restrictions on Wednesday, December 30th at 10 a.m. FOX 7 Austin will broadcast the press conference live on our website app and Facebook page.

“The situation is critical,” said Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority. “We urge the public to stay at home as much as possible and not to meet people outside of their households on New Year’s Eve. We ask people to only go to restaurants for take-away, delivery or drive-through. It’s us.” Now, COVID-19 is being transmitted uncontrollably across the community, especially in circumstances where masking and distancing are not possible. As a result, bars and similar establishments are extremely worrying this holiday weekend. ”

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According to the city of Austin, these new orders only apply to companies that offer food or drink. All other companies can work as described in other COVID-19 orders and rules. Individuals who see a company with dine-in service after 10:30 PM between December 31 and January 3 should report the violation to Austin 3-1-1.

A criminal offense against this order is an offense punishable by a fine of no more than $ 1,000, but not punishable by a prison sentence.

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