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COVID-19 RULES

LATEST: These are the Covid rules in Austria and Vienna from June 2022

Another month, another set of Massnahmen (measures). Here is everything you need to know about the latest coronavirus restrictions in Austria.

A discarded mask on a city street. Photo by Habib Dadkhah on Unsplash
A discarded mask on a city street. Photo by Habib Dadkhah on Unsplash

Austria is heading into its third coronavirus summer, but this time with much fewer restrictions, as the Federal Government announced an easing of the Covid rules.

For the first time, Austrians will enjoy events such as the Pride Parade (Regenbodenparade) or the Danube Island Festival (Donauinselfest) just as they were before 2020.

READ ALSO: Everything that changes in Austria in June 2022

However, there are still a few rules to keep in mind, especially concerning masks.

There are also some differences when it comes to Vienna and the rest of the country, as Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) chose to stick with the “Viennese way” and keep some restrictions, most notably the mandatory use of masks in public transport.

Mandatory masks

For the next three months (June, July, and August), masks are no longer mandatory in essential stores and public transport in most of Austria.

There is still an FFP2 mask mandate in “vulnerable” settings, according to the federal government. These include hospitals, elderly and care homes, and health services.

The Health Ministry also stated that further restrictions could be imposed in case of rising numbers and that they are likely to happen in Autumn.

Vienna has a few more restrictions when it comes to using of masks. In the capital, they are still mandatory in pharmacies, health care, and public transport (including the stations).

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Gastronomy, events, and culture

There are no more rules or limits on participation. However, any event for 500 people or more should have a Covid-19 “prevention concept” in Vienna.

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Hospitals and care

Besides the mandatory FFP2 mask usage in the entire country, Vienna also has a PCR test obligation to visitors. There are no longer visitor restrictions, though.

Schools and kindergartens

There are no longer mandatory tests in schools. Still, Vienna requires that visitors (not the students or teachers) going to kindergartens wear FFP2 masks.

Quarantine

In Vienna, the quarantine after a positive test lasts for 10 days. It ends automatically if, during the last 48 hours, the person has shown no symptoms. People can test themselves free after five days if the PCR result is negative or a CT value above 30.

In the rest of Austria, people who tested positive but had a mild course of the disease and showed no symptoms for 48 hours can leave quarantine on the fifth day of isolation.

If they test negative, they are free from restrictions. Still, if they do not get tested or get a CT value below or equal to 30, they go into “traffic restriction” and need to wear a mask and not visit events or gastronomy for the next five days.

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Compulsory vaccination

Austria’s mandatory vaccination law, which would allow authorities to issue fines to unvaccinated people, is suspended at least until August.

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Latest Covid-19 numbers

Austria on Tuesday, May 31st, reported 1,903 new coronavirus infections after 84,976 PCR tests were taken. There are currently 475 people in hospitals with Covid-19, and 43 people are in intensive care units.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18,652 people died in Austria from Covid-19. Now, just about 65.3 per cent of the population has a valid vaccination pass, with at least two up to date coronavirus vaccines.

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COVID-19 RULES

Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were ‘unconstitutional’

Austria's constitutional court found that banning unvaccinated people from going to hairdressers or cultural institutions was unconstitutional

Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were 'unconstitutional'

The Constitutional Court (VfGH) has found a regulation which stopped people from going to hairdressers in the second lockdown for the unvaccinated was unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal.

However, the Court of Justice did confirm it was admissible to distinguish between people with and without 2G evidence (proof they had recovered from or been vaccinated against Covid-19), meaning the lockdown for the unvaccinated was itself legal.

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As there were exceptions to the lockdown, allowing people without vaccinations to leave their homes to “cover the necessary basic needs of daily life”, this should have included trips to the hairdressers as part of these “basic needs” on a long term, the court ruled.

It clarified that the rules were at first supposed to last for 10 days, but as the lockdown got extended several times, lasting a total of 11 weeks, the “basic needs” evolved and should have included hairdresser visits.

According to the Constitutional Court, it was also illegal for the government to ban unvaccinated people from entering cultural institutions in autumn 2021.

In this case, the reason was that people were still allowed to go to church and other places of religion, which the court found was “in violation of equality”.

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The court found the ban on entering sports facilities ordered by the Minister of Health during the first lockdown in March and April 2020 was also unlawful, as there was not sufficient justification, broadcaster ORF reported.

Strict Covid-19 measures

Austria was one of the countries which imposed several lockdown periods during the pandemic, as The Local reported. While some were aimed at the entire population, more recently, only those who didn’t get vaccinated against Covid-19 were prevented from going out of their homes without a justification (such as grocery shopping or emergencies).

The country had also imposed a Covid-19 vaccination mandate, but that was scrapped after new variants of the virus evolved into less severe cases of the disease, the government said.

Currently, there are few coronavirus restrictions in place. You can check out all the measures across Austria here.

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