Just over one week after relaxing a range of coronavirus measures on May 19th, Austria announced it will take steps to further relax existing measures from June 10th.
Austrian health minister Wolfgang Mückstein indicated that the previous round of relaxations has been successful, meaning that further measures can be relaxed.
The one proviso on the additional loosening of measures is that infection rates, along with hospitalisations and fatality rates, remain low in Austria.
A further round of relaxations will take place from July 1st. More information is available at the following link.
What measures will be relaxed from June 10th?
According to the Minister of Health, the plans relate mainly to masks, gastronomy and events.
While previous reports had indicated the relaxations could come into effect on the 17th of June, Mückstein confirmed on Wednesday that June 10th was the new date.
In order to access bars, restaurants, events and travel, you will need to comply with the so-called 3G rule.
This means that only people who have been vaccinated against the virus, have tested negative or who have contracted the virus and have recovered are entitled to participate in the reopening.
More information on the 3G rule is available at the following link.
From June 10th, the mask mandate will be relaxed for outdoor areas for people who have been vaccinated, have tested negative all those who have recently recovered from the virus.
Masks have been required in outdoor areas where the mandatory two-metre distance has been difficult to maintain, for example at protests or in public spaces where large amounts of people congregate.
The indoor mask mandate however, is expected to remain in place.
The number of people allowed at weddings is also expected to increase, although specifics of this plan have yet to be released.
Currently, food and drink may not be served at weddings and a maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend.
The relaxations are expected to include a higher maximum on attendees along with a relaxation of the ban on catering.
From June 10th, the mandatory closing time for restaurants will be increase from 10:00PM to midnight.
In addition, the number of people who may sit at a table will be doubled from four to eight people.
The rules are also expected to change in shops. Currently, one person is allowed per 20 square meters. This will be changed from June 10th to allow for one person per 10 square metres.