'Fun is back': Austria announces further opening steps

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The Local - [email protected] • 17 Jun, 2021 Updated Thu 17 Jun 2021 09:53 CEST
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Austria will relax almost all coronavirus measures on July 1st. Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

Austria has announced further lockdown relaxations, with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz telling the media "everything that is fun is back again".

The changes, which had been flagged previously but have been made official with the announcement, will come into effect on July 1st. 

Almost all restrictions will be relaxed, other than the 3G requirement - i.e. that you have been vaccinated, have tested negative or have recovered from the virus. 

Bars and restaurants will no longer have to close at midnight, while capacity and space restrictions will be dropped in almost all industries. 

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Drinking at the bar and dancing will be allowed again. 

Clubs can open up again to 75 percent capacity. 

Visiting stadiums and theatres will also be possible without restrictions. 

In addition, the FFP2 mask rules for shops and restaurants will be relaxed.

While FFP2 masks will still be required in hospitals and nursing homes, they will be dropped in all other areas where the 3G rule applies. 

Non-medical grade mouth protection, i.e. cotton masks or scarves, will again be sufficient in indoor areas such as bars, restaurants and in public transport. The government indicated it will make a concrete announcement at a later date. 

No masks of any kind will be required in outdoor areas, regardless of the size of the event. 

At the beginning of July, almost all restrictions that still existed - for example for large gatherings and parties will end, but with the new requirement of proof that one is tested negative, recovered from, or vaccinated against Covid-19.

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