After hard lockdown: What is allowed in Vienna and Lower Austria from Monday

Vienna and Lower Austria end the hard lockdown on Monday. This means that stores and body-related service providers are allowed to open up again, just like in the rest of Austria. Museums, libraries and leisure businesses such as zoos will also open. The lockdown of restaurants and hotels remains, however, as in all of Austria with the exception of Vorarlberg, at least until May 19. Masks and spacing remain mandatory indoors.

Rising vaccination numbers feed the hope that lockdowns are now over. However, a new closure is not completely ruled out. Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig recalls that the number of patients in intensive care units is still above the critical level, but considers “prudent, intelligent and sustainable” opening steps to be responsible.

No compulsory testing in trade
In retail, mandatory masks, distance rules and a minimum area of 20 square meters per person apply. At service providers, a negative antigen test (not older than 48 hours) or a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or the certificate of a Corona infection passed in the last six months is a prerequisite for an appointment. There is no testing requirement in the trade.

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