The mandate will last from Thursday at 8 p.m. until Monday at 8 a.m.
Wanting to get some fresh air this weekend? Plan on staying in your own backyard. Starting on Thursday at 8 p.m., all City of Austin parks and trails will be closed due to the annual spike in visitors they get during Easter. This is all part of the city’s plan to continuously #flattenthecurve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Greenbelt, Barton Springs, and The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike are all among the numerous green spaces that will be barred from public use until Monday at 8 a.m.
Even beyond this weekend, Austin’s Trail Foundation is urging everyone to stay off the Hike-and-Bike for as long as possible. “Our trail user data shows us that usage has not decreased since the Mayor’s Stay-at-Home order,” they recently wrote on Instagram. “We love the Trail, but unfortunately it just can’t organically and continuously accommodate the high usage it is experiencing, while also accommodating a safe 6′ distance from others.”