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Austria is opening up – and “red, white and red” is making a comeback

06.05.2020

The Austrian federal government has added additional easing to its exit schedule for a step-by-step relaxation of the shutdown imposed due to the Corona crisis.

With Austria having steered a successful course through the Corona crisis so far, thanks to rigorous protective measures, the country is now slowly rebooting its economy; a certain degree of normality is now set to follow the social, communal and medical shutdown.

The path back to normality will nonetheless be long and difficult, and very different for the individual sectors of the economy. Being allowed to open your doors does not automatically mean that everything will be just the same as it was before. Overall, requirements must be arranged such that companies can resume business and make a profit under their own steam and return to their usual performance levels and export efficiency, thereby breathing new life into Austria as an economic centre and tourist destination.

The Austrian government has been announcing its graduated re-opening plan in stages: smaller business received permission to open mid-April, with larger companies, shopping centres and many service providers getting the nod from the beginning of May; restaurants will be opening their doors from 15 May and hotels and open-air swimming pools will follow suit from the end of the month – with restrictions on visitors/guests, social distancing and face-masks.

Museums and zoos will also be allowed to open, theatres can resume rehearsals and people will be able to attend church services. Professional football clubs and athletes are training again and the schools will open in stages during May. Public events with a maximum of ten participants are also permitted. Another new development is that the restrictions on leaving the home that have been in place since mid-March are coming to a close.

Certain things will remain in place however: people in public places have to maintain a minimum distance of one metre from anybody else not living in the same household, and a mask must be worn when shopping or travelling by public transport.

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26.05.2020
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