Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has repeatedly promised simultaneous opening steps for culture, sports, gastronomy and tourism in mid-May. The only question is: When exactly are the doors to cafés, restaurants or hotels in Austria supposed to reopen? When will all schools in the country return to regular operation? And under what conditions? This is what the government’s leaders are discussing this morning with the provinces, municipalities, social partners and experts.
Negotiations begin at 11:00 a.m., and the results are to be announced at a press conference starting at 2:00 p.m.
According to the daily newspaper “diePresse”, some details have already leaked out in the run-up to the talks. Various media reported May 19 as the deadline for the end of the lockdown.
Closing time 22 o’clock?
As a prerequisite for access to gastronomy, hotels and cultural, sports and leisure facilities, a negative Coronatest is provided in any case. The “green passport”, in which tests, vaccinations and survived infections are to be entered, is not expected to arrive until the end of May.
In restaurants, four people (plus children) are to be allowed per table, and there will be greater spacing between tables. Similar regulations are planned in tourism. A 10 p.m. closing time is under discussion.
For events, especially in the cultural and sports sectors, only half of the capacity will be available, at least indoors. In addition, no catering will be allowed at events.
The opening steps will then be observed for a few weeks. If the development is favorable, further relaxations could come in June. Only then will the opening of fitness studios be an option. Night catering will probably have to wait even longer.
— source: diepresse.at/picture:pixabay.com
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