Tuesday, December 22, 2020

City of Austin Offices, Facilities to Close for Christmas Holiday

For immediate release: December 22, 2020
Contact: Communications and Public Information Office, 512-974-2220, media@austintexas.gov


City of Austin Offices, Facilities Close for Christmas Holiday

Administrative offices and municipal facilities will be closed December 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas.
The City of Austin has announced revised service schedules and office closures for City facilities and public services for the Christmas holiday.
Trash, Recycling, and Composting/Yard Trimmings Schedules
Customers that would normally have their weekly collection on Friday, Dec. 25, will slide one day and receive their regularly scheduled collections on Saturday, December 26. Additionally, the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center will be closed on Dec. 25. Download the Austin Recycles App or visit austintexas.gov/myschedule to look up your collection schedule.

Austin Public Health COVID-19 Test Site Schedule and Dashboard
On Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, the Austin Public Health drive-through test site will be open by appointment only. The Downtown Pflugerville site, located at 103 N. Railroad Ave., Pflugerville, TX 78660, will be open for walk-up appointments from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
All Austin Public Health COVID-19 test sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. All test sites, except the drive-through test site, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 26.
To schedule a COVID-19 test through Austin Public Health, visit austintexas.gov/covid19 or call the nurse hotline at 512-972-5560. The nurse hotline will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the holidays. Even for the walk-up test sites, an appointment is recommended to minimize wait times.
COVID-19 Dashboard Updates
Due to the holiday, the COVID-19 surveillance dashboard will not be updated on Thursday, Dec. 24, or Friday, Dec. 25. It will be updated Saturday, Dec. 26.
Parks and Recreation Facilities Schedules
Most Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. However, there are a few exceptions, indicated below:
  • Zilker Botanical Gardens will be closed Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
  • All City of Austin Cultural Facilities remain closed to the public, and on-site offices will also be closed Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
  • Golf Courses will close early on Christmas Eve, and remain closed on Christmas Day.
  • Tennis Centers will be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and then will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • Austin Pools open on Christmas Eve include: Bartholomew (12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Barton Springs (5 a.m. to 8 a.m. swim at your own risk), Big Stacy (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Deep Eddy (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • On Christmas Day only Barton Springs Pool will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. (swim at your own risk).
For information on remaining Parks and Recreation facilities, please call ahead or visit austintexas.gov/parks to see modified hours.  Information on closures is also available at austintexas.gov/parkclosures.
Austin Public Library Schedule
Austin Public Library, Recycled Reads Bookstore, and the Austin History Center branches will be closed for Christmas eve Thursday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Library resources available remotely can be accessed at the Austin Public Library Website, library.austintexas.gov.
Austin Animal Center Schedule
The Austin Animal Center will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, remain closed through Dec. 25. The center will be open during its regular hours on Saturday, Dec. 26. 

For questions about city services or information call 3-1-1. You can also submit service requests from the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app.