AUSTIN, TX — Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced that all Austin bars and restaurant dining rooms must close in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Adler also announced the City of Austin is limiting gatherings to 10 people, according to KVUE.
The order is in effect from March 17 until at least May 1.
Austin-Travis County is closing bars + suspending dine-in service at restaurants for 6 weeks under new Orders aimed at slowing the spread of #COVID19. These Orders went into effect at noon today, Mar. 17, and last until at least May 1.
— City of Austin (@austintexasgov) March 17, 2020
There are 10 reported cases of COVID-19 in the Austin area as of Tuesday morning.
Austin health officials are encouraging the public not to "panic," but to practice personal hygiene.