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‘Two people per row’: Austria’s strict Covid-19 private car rules explained

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‘Two people per row’: Austria’s strict Covid-19 private car rules explained
Road trips are more difficult now in Austria - unless you're in the same household... Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Amid rising infection rates, Austria has restricted who can travel in private cars. No more than two people are allowed to sit next to each other if they come from different households.

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Known informally as the ‘two-person rule’ in Austrian media, the measure prevents more than two people sitting next to each other in a car - unless they come from the same household. 

"Kinship alone is not enough," explained Austrian motor association (ARBÖ) lawyer Martin Echsel to Austrian newspaper Kurier.

This means a family of four cannot give someone from a different household a lift in a five-seater car. 

“No more than two people per row of seats are allowed to travel,” said Echsel. 

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The same rules apply to car pools or other ride sharing arrangements. 

The regulation does not apply to taxis and mass transport, although anyone travelling in taxis or on mass transport will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

Car sharers are advised by ARBÖ to clean the steering wheel as well as the gearstick with disinfectant - and to wash the hands before using the vehicle.

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