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Austin officials temporarily close parks and trails, plus more popular stories

Austin officials temporarily close parks and trails, plus more stories

Butler Hike and Bike trail colorful flowers
The trails are closed until Monday, April 13. Austin Parks and Recreation Department/Facebook

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to check in with our top stories. We are continuing to cover Austin amid the COVID-19 crisis and share stories of how this is changing lives across the region. Here are the stories that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. All Austin parks, trails, greenbelts to temporarily close to curb COVID-19 spread. All of Austin's public green spaces are closed this weekend — something the mayor has hinted that the city might extend through the COVID-19 crisis. What a difference a month makes. 

2. These Austin restaurants are serving Easter brunch and dinner to-go. Still looking for a last-minute meal for tomorrow? Hit up these Austin hot spots (quickly!) to score a delicious brunch, lunch, or dinner for the Easter holiday.

3. H-E-B carts out to-go meals from Austin restaurants closed due to COVID-19. If you also can't stop eating but are tired of cooking, consider snagging one of these pre-made meals from Austin restaurants available at H-E-B. Fresa's is currently available, and Ramen Tatsu-ya and Picnick should follow shortly. 

4. Austin and Travis County residents should wear face masks in public, officials say. This week, city and county officials issued a recommendation that all residents wear face masks when outside the home to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

5. Legendary West Austin architectural gem constructs $3.7 million price tag. A massive home near Tarrytown just hit the market for $3.7 million, and it comes with an impressive architectural pedigree.