New travel rules announced
A ban on British citizens entering Austria will remain until the end of August, according to a new travel ordinance which will cover rules on borders from July 1st.
From this date, which is also when the new European Green Passport comes into force, new entry regulations will also apply to Austria.
Persons entering from “low-risk” countries should be able to prove they have only stayed there within the last ten days and show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test from Covid-19. If this proof is not available, a Covid test must be carried out within 24 hours, Der Standard reports.
Announcement on next easing of Covid-19 restrictions later
More details on relaxation of the Covid-19 rules from July 1st will be announced later on Monday. Although much is known already, such as the end of Austria’s curfew and the re-opening of the night time economy, further details will be revealed.
According to broadcaster ORF, visitor limits in care homes and hospitals will be lifted and FFP2 masks will no longer be mandatory, with mouth and nose protection (MNS) masks sufficient. From July 22nd it is expected that people will no longer have to register their addresses to go to restaurants or events and further relaxation of mask rules are planned.
Seven day incidence is 9.2
The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 9.2 in Austria. Around 4.65 million Austrians have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccination. Almost 2.89 million people are already fully vaccinated.
Austria football team returns home
Austria’s national football team have returned home after playing in the European Championships. Italy needed extra time to see off Austria at Wembley on Saturday. BBC Sport notes Austria marked their first appearance in the knockout stage of the European Championship with a tireless performance” to give their “much-fancied opponents a scare”.
Marko Arnautovic had a headed goal disallowed after a VAR check for offside, before goals from substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina sent Italy through.
Sasa Kalajdzic also scored once for Austria. The Austria team were welcomed back at Innsbruck Airport early on Sunday by Sports Minister Werner Kogler (Greens) and more than 100 fans.
More hot weather on Tuesday
More hot weather is on the way according to broadcaster ORF, with temperatures spiking again even higher than last week on Tuesday. Firefighters and emergency crews have been working all weekend to repair hundreds of house roofs in Schrattenberg and Allentsteig in Lower Austria after hailstones as large as tennis balls created devastation on Thursday.
Schrattenberg was also hit by another storm on Friday evening, which caused flooding in properties with broken roofs, ORF also reports. There is also the risk of violent thunderstorms on Tuesday in parts of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Lower Austria.
Pamela Rendi-Wagner re-elected
Pamela Rendi-Wagner has been re-elected as leader of the left of centre SPÖ party in Austria, but with a far lower share of the vote.
The Wiener Zeitung newspaper say the delegates gave her a disappointing result of 75.3 percent. Three years ago she was elected with a 98 percent majority.
Risks to Austria’s economic recovery
There are risks to Austria’s economic recovery according to Der Standard newspaper. The paper outlines ten risks which threaten to slow Austria’s economic recovery, which is so far faster than predicted. These include a real estate crisis, inflation, rising interest rates and national debt.