COVID-19 Update: Additional Businesses Can Open Monday
Beginning Monday (May 18), gym facilities, manufacturing services and office spaces will be able to open with restrictions and by following specific protocols according to the Governor's Orders, including operating at no more than 25% of occupancy. Be sure to check with your local gym or office facility to get information about their individual safety procedures, and if they plan to open. The Swim Center lap pool will also open Monday with specific safety protocols outlined by the Governor's Orders. Click here to review those orders. Mayor Cox gave a breakdown of the local, county and state Orders currently in effect during her Facebook Live yesterday afternoon. Click here to view the video.

Austin Public Health announced a new risk-based guideline chart for Travis County this week. It gives guidance at each of the 5 stages of risk, including guidance for those at higher risk and lower risk of falling ill to COVID-19 for each stage. According to an assessment, Austin Public Health puts Travis County in Stage 3 on the chart, which means individuals are advised to stay home if sick, practice good hygiene, wear facial coverings and avoid social gatherings, among other guidance. Click here for details and to view the chart.

The USAF Thunderbirds flew over Lakeway and the Lake Travis area Wednesday afternoon to honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers. There are many videos and pictures you can find on social media, including a video from the top of the slide at the Lakeway Swim Center. Click here to check it out.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular City Council meeting this coming Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. will be conducted through video conference and available by clicking here. The agenda will be posted this afternoon, which will include details on how citizens can participate in the video conference. Click here to connect to the agenda center.

Finally, to the numbers. Austin-Travis County is reporting that there have been 2,345 positive COVID-19 cases to date in Travis County. That number is up by 343 compared to the same time last week, 348 the week before that and 342 the week before that one. There have been 42 positive COVID-19 cases in the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738 and 78669), which is up by 5 from the same time last week. The 30 to 39 year old age range for both males and females continues to be the highest reporting group, followed by males and females in the 20 to 29 year old age range. Please continue to wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing, and while it's not mandatory to wear face coverings, it's still strongly encouraged in public. Thank you for helping keep our community protected during this time. Stay safe and healthy!

Police Officers Memorial Day
Today (Friday, May 15) is Peace (Police) Officers Memorial Day, which brings Police Week to a close. We commend the brave men and women of our law enforcement for continually summoning the courage to fulfill their solemn oath to protect and serve. We also take pause to remember all those who have lost their lives defending their communities and rule of law. Since Police Week 2019, more than 30 Texas police officers have bene killed, or passed away due to COVID-19 related illnesses. In an email to Lakeway officers earlier this week, Chief Todd Radford wrote, "I want to acknowledge each of you --- telecommunicators, administrative personnel and officers --- who stand the blue line every day, in every way, to ensure that justice and peace are ever present." We are proud to have an amazing group of officers at the Lakeway Police Department who work hard to keep our community safe. Thank you for all that you do, especially now during this unusual time. We truly appreciate you!
Blood Drive Tomorrow Is Booked, But Blood Is Still Needed...
The Lakeway Community Blood Drive scheduled at the Activity Center tomorrow morning (Saturday, May 16) is currently fully booked at this point. There are more than a dozen on a waitlist. If you're still interested in getting added to the waitlist in case a space opens, you can email The need for blood continues to be at a high level during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're still interested in finding a place to donate, there are locations throughout Central Texas. You can visit the We Are Blood website to make an appointment at a variety of locations by clicking here.
NEW: Firefighters Honored for Response to 2019 Lakeway Plane Crash

Two firefighters were honored this week with the Outstanding Firefighters award by the 100 Club of Central Texas. Lt. Chris Wood with Lake Travis Fire Rescue and Firefighter Justin LaPree with AFD were honored for their response to the small plane crash in Lakeway in May 2019. Both were off duty and traveling separately at the time. They each spotted the incident, pulled over to provide assistance and helped save the life of one of the pilots involved in the crash. Click here to view a special video from the LTFR Facebook page, and learn more about the award and recipients.

NEW: Drive With Caution As Fawn Season Begins

It's the beginning of fawn season for the deer population. Please be careful on our area roadways, and keep your eyes peeled for deer on the side of the roads. They can often cross streets quickly without much notice, especially now with lighter traffic due to COVID-19. Additionally, it is illegal to feed the deer in Lakeway. Deer corn and other items provided by humans are often unhealthy substitutes for their normal meals, and feeding the animals can lead to congregation, causing an increase in traffic accidents. Click here for more information about our deer population, including details on deer resistant plants.
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