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Coronavirus crisis: the ‘shutdown’ in Austria has come to an end

14. June 2020

After some 100 days, Austria is trying to return to some form of normality. with Most restrictions have been lifted and borders to neighbouring countries largely reopened.

Following a decline in the number of new infectionswith Coronavirus, Austria has been able to lift  the shutdown almost entirely after about 100 days, and the beginning of May saw the society slowly enter a holding pattern dubbed the ‘ new normal’. The country has since been gradually reopening its shops, tourist sector, hospitality industry and a host of cultural, sporting and leisure facilities.

The virus has not been defeated yet, though: masks are still ubiquitous, and social distancing still needs to be observed. A hundred days on, the economic consequences of the virus as well as the fear of a second wave loom large.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for people and goods crossing Austria's international borders. After weeks of Coronavirus restrictions, Austria is restoring complete freedom of travel to all its neighbours. Visitors to Austria from these countries will no longer have to enter quarantine or produce a negative Covid test, and Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary are set to follow suit.

This means that holiday and business travel will start to become possible again before the summer – an essential step not just for Austria's tourism industry, but also for Austrian companies and their international supply chains to countries affected by the crisis. Easing restrictions will provide a desperately needed fillip for Austria’s exporters and further measures opening borders to other countries are likely to follow in the weeks and months to come.

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17. June 2020