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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Amanda Previdelli
Amanda Previdelli - [email protected] • 30 Dec, 2022 Updated Fri 30 Dec 2022 09:20 CEST
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A commuter wears an FFP2 protective face mask on a public transport underground train in Vienna. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

No changes to mask mandate in Vienna despite criticism, Homeowners criticise call for rent brake and more news from Austria on Friday.


  • No changes to mask mandate in Vienna despite criticism

Several Austrian experts have declared the coronavirus pandemic "over," and some even criticised the current protection measures in Vienna, where there is an FFP2 mask mandate in public transport.

In an interview with the Austrian TV channel ORF, epidemiologist Eva Schernhammer said that the measure is coming to a point where it is no longer "understandable". 

However, Health City councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ) said there are no plans to end the mandate - the current ordinance is valid until February 28th and could be extended further.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: Why are so many people falling ill in Austria right now?

  • What are the strict rules in Austria for New Year’s Eve fireworks?

With New Year's Eve coming up, many people get ready for fireworks displays and may want to light up some fireworks themselves. Here are the rules in Austria.

  • Homeowners criticise call for rent brake

The Austrian Landlord and Tenant Association (ÖHGB) has little sympathy for the calls for a rent brake, ORF reported.


The association said the idea is driven "by ideology" and is "an attempt to intervene disproportionately in the property of private landlords". They argued that inflation not only hits tenants but also affects homeowners. 

READ ALSO: What are Austria’s Social Democratic Party’s plans for freezing rents until 2025?

  • Weather

Screenshot from ZAMG

The morning will bring some more clouds as the front moves east, but the last rain showers will soon subside, Austria's meteorologic institute ZAMG said. 

The sun will finally shine in most parts of the country before clouds move in again from the southwest in the afternoon. There will be relatively little sun today in the south, where the fog and high fog patches will often persist. 

Daytime highs are between 5C and 13C, depending on fog and sun.

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Amanda Previdelli 2022/12/30 09:20

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