Vienna and Lower Austria end hard lockdown 

Vienna and Lower Austria end hard lockdown 
Vienna and Lower Austria's hard lockdown will come to an end on May 3rd. Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP
The strict lockdown in Vienna and Lower Austria has been brought to an end as of Monday, May 3rd.

Vienna and Lower Austria have ended their hard lockdown on Monday, meaning the whole of Austria is under the same restrictions, with the exception of Vorarlberg, which has opened up restaurants and events in March.

The “hard” lockdown in Vienna and Lower Austria was originally put in place on April 1st to cover only the Easter period, however it was repeatedly extended due to the poor epidemiological situation in the country’s east.

By the end of the lockdown on Monday, May 3rd, it lasted more than a month in both Lower Austria and Vienna. 

Burgenland also put in place a strict lockdown over the Easter period, however this was relaxed on April 19th

What are the current rules in Vienna, Lower Austria and the rest of the country?

Now people in Vienna and Lower Austria can leave their homes without a reason and two households with a maximum of four adults can meet again, as are the rules in all other states besides Vorarlberg. 

Non-essential retail, hairdressers and other “body-hugging” services are also open again.

Museums and zoos have opened up and there will be no outdoor mask requirement, broadcaster ORF reports. 

More information is available at the following link. 

EXPLAINED: What are Austria’s current coronavirus lockdown rules?

The current federal rules are expected to remain in place until May 19th, when Austria will relax its lockdown rules. 

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