FFP2 masks are now required in all retail shops and supermarkets, along with public transport throughout Austria.
Long-distance trains will also require FFP2 masks, as will doctors surgeries, airports and aeroplanes.
Previously, cotton masks or scarves were sufficient to satisfy the regulation.
What is the fine for not wearing an FFP2 mask?
Anyone caught not wearing an FFP2 mask in any of the above areas risks a fine – although the exact amount of the fine will depend on where exactly you are when you’re found maskless.
Anyone who fails to wear a mask in ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) trains or stations in Austria will risk a fine of €40.
In addition, ÖBB staff can kick you off the train.
Persistent refusals to wear a mask will see you banned from all ÖBB trains, the railway authority said on Friday.
In shops, doctors surgeries, supermarkets and airports – i.e. everywhere else that an FFP2 mask is required – the fine for failing to wear a mask is €25.
The Ministry of Health passed a regulation outlining the fine on Friday, January 23rd.
Only people under the age of 14 or those who have evidence of a medical exemption can avoid the mask requirement.