UPDATE: Schools and kindergartens to close under Austria’s new shutdown rules

UPDATE: Schools and kindergartens to close under Austria's new shutdown rules
Students arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school in Vienna. Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP
Schools and kindergartens are set to close from Monday except for 'essential care' under a forecast tightening of Austria’s coronavirus lockdown measures, Austrian media reports.

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Der Standard reported late on Friday that schools and kindergartens will close as a result of the need to cut rising coronavirus infections in Austria. 

Mirroring the shutdown which took place in Austria in the spring, the schools will “remain open to families who need care”. 

The closures are expected to take place for two to three weeks ahead of the Christmas holidays. 

READ: Austria set for stricter coronavirus measures from Monday 

Distance learning will be provided. 

In addition, all shops other than banks, pharmacies and supermarkets will be required to close. 

Hairdressers and other service providers are also likely to be closed under the new measures. 

Austrian tabloid Kronen Zeitung reports that working from home could be made mandatory under the lockdown, while visiting nursing homes and hospitals could also be banned. 

Some federal states have already put in place visitation bans or restrictions, however this would be implemented nationwide. 

Der Standard reports that the decision was made on Friday afternoon, with an official announcement to be made on Saturday. 

 


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