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Everything that changes in Austria in November 2020

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Everything that changes in Austria in November 2020
Runners participate in the Vienna City Marathon in Vienna, Austria. Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP

From new lockdown rules to winter tyres, these are the changes you should be aware of in November.


Coronavirus measures

From November 3rd, Austria has put in place an extensive range of nationwide coronavirus measures. 

The centrepiece is a nighttime curfew or restriction, which basically states that people are not allowed to leave the house between 8pm and 6am unless they have a valid reason. 

Events will also be banned - including Austria's famous Christmas markets. Bars, restaurants and cafes are forced to close, other than to offer take away services.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Austria's coronavirus shutdown 

No more face shields

Plastic face shields - often used in gastronomy as a protection for the transmission of coronavirus - will be banned in Austria from November 7th. 

In principle, anti-corona masks must be "covering" and "close-fitting" wherever masks are compulsory.


READ: Austria plans to ban coronavirus face shields 

In the explanatory notes it stated: "The background is consolidated evidence that face shields in particular do not have an aerosol-inhibiting effect compared to classical masks.

"Mechanical protection devices such as 'face shields' or ''mini face shields' have thus proved unsuitable for preventing the spread of Covid-19 and are therefore now prohibited."

'Mini Face Shields' refers to the chin shields, which are particularly popular with waiters and waitresses because they can be more comfortable than traditional masks.

Safe Hospitality: Free coronavirus tests for those in the tourism industry 

From November 1st, workers in the tourism industry will be entitled to free weekly testing as part of the ‘Safe Hospitality’ program.  

Pursuant to the program, ski instructors, mountain guides, travel guides, tour guides or private room landlords can be tested once a week free of charge. 

Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said the program will encourage the country’s struggling tourism industry. 

"At present, an average of 6,000 to 8,000 people are tested on a working day. With more than 350,000 tests, tourism employees are among the best-tested professional groups in our country.”

Flixbus takes a break

From November 3rd, German long-distance bus company Flixbus will be taking a break in Austria, along with Germany and Switzerland. 

The company said it hopes to start up services again “sometime during the holidays”. 

2021 vignette available

The 2021 annual vignette stickers will be available for purchase from the end of November. 

These will cost 92.50 euros - an increase of around 1.5 percent on the cost of last year’s stickers - and will be apple green in colour. 

New tariffs 2021 for cars: ten-day vignette: 9.50 euros, 2-month vignette 27.80 euros, Annual vignette: 92.50 euros 

New tariffs 2021 for motorcycles: ten-day vignette 5.50 euros, 2-month vignette 13.90 euros, annual vignette: 36.70 euros

Winter tyres

From November 1st, cars and trucks up to 3.5 tons must switch over to winter tyres in Austria. 

When driving on in snow, mud or ice, cars must be fitted with winter tires or, alternatively, have snow chains fitted on at least two wheels.



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