How Austin Is Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic
As states in the U.S. move to the next phase—reopening—citizens are concerned that the country may be moving too quickly for comfort.
At present, the United States leads the world with the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases. And with numbers rising, now that the economy will reopen, how do we do our best to ensure that the tide doesn’t turn against us?
Austin, TX, may have something to teach us!
Austin’s Efforts in Limiting Exposure
Texas was one of the first states to issue a strict stay-at-home order, effective April 2nd, 2020. However, for most cities, Texas left it to the local officials to impose the order according to the number of infected patients.
But even before the stay-at-home order was mandated, Austin had already taken preemptive measures and issued the order on March 24th. Essential businesses were allowed to remain open, but citizens had to stay home, only being allowed to go outdoors for essential activities.
And while conducting essential work or activities, all citizens had to wear fabric face coverings and follow all social distancing rules as recommended by the CDC.
Though some saw these measures as unnecessary, they were quick to recant their past statements when the number of COVID-19 cases in the country started climbing.
Effect on Austin Residents
Austin is well-known for its fun, engaging culture and live music scene. But because of the COVID-19 crisis, all events in the city have been canceled. Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped people from coming together to support one another—except that it’s all moved online.
Entertainers are hosting concerts online, collaborating with other musicians to create heartwarming music, and encouraging listeners to support them financially.
By taking the right steps, Austin is handling the COVID-19 crisis by entertaining people from the comfort of their own home.
How This Affects Everyone Else
Even here at Cubby, this sense of community and goodwill is helping our storage providers in Austin. We offer short-term storage luggage services in eleven cities, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Las Vegas, Galveston, Dallas, Boston, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Redwood City. And in many cities, we’ve seen people be extra courteous with our storage providers, disinfecting their baggage for storage, and being prompt with their payments.
So, this is a positive turn of events. But for now, we must be vigilant. Austin cautions that we may need to be vigilant about COVID-19 for more than a year. So, we’re following that order.
Be careful when you go outdoors. Follow all CDC guidelines. And following Austin’s example, support one another in your time of need. We all need the communal love!