The decision was announced at a press conference on Monday, April 12th, due largely to the dire situation in the country’s intensive care wards.
Unlike the other eastern states, Burgenland will not extend its lockdown beyond April 18th.
Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig announced on Monday that the existing strict measures would remain in place for a further two weeks past the current April 18th expiration date.
This includes the 24-hour stay-at-home order, a ban on close contact services (i.e. hairdressers and cosmetic services), strict border controls, working from home requirements and the closure of non-essential shops.
FFP2 masks will now be required in all rooms where more than one person is present, other than in private homes.
Schools will continue ‘distance learning’ – i.e. home schooling – until at least April 25th.
The next meeting of state authorities is scheduled for Friday, April 16th, although this may be brought forward, Austria’s Kronen Zeitung newspaper reports.
This is the third time the lockdown – which was originally put in place only to cover the Easter period – has been extended. It was initially imposed until April 7th, before being extended until April 11th, then April 18th.