Austria on the march towards deconfinement

Austria on the march towards deconfinement

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Austria wants to gradually ease the restrictions in force, starting next week. The government announced it on April 6, 2020 at a press conference. Travel is kept to a minimum until the end of April, but businesses will gradually reopen.

From our correspondent in Vienna,

Travel will be kept to a minimum until the end of April, but activities will gradually resume in the country, according to a schedule presented by the government this Monday, April 6.

Small businesses will be able to reopen their doors from April 14. On that date, the wearing of the mask, currently compulsory for shopping at the supermarket, will be extended to public transport and to shops that have reopened.

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Austria will allow small businesses to reopen from April 14.

All other stores are expected to reopen in early May, including hairdressers, according to the government plan, followed, from mid-May, by hotels and restaurants. For this last point, a reassessment of the situation will be necessary at the end of April. Large public gatherings, however, remain prohibited until at least July.

This gradual easing is possible because Austria took action early enough, said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: In Austria, we reacted faster and more restrictively than other countries. This reaction gives us the opportunity today to get out of this crisis more quickly. But only if we all continue to adhere to the measures as rigorously as we have done so far

In recent days, the rate of increase in contamination has indeed slowed down considerably in Austria, but this week will be decisive, according to the Chancellor, on whether the relaxation of the restrictions can be implemented as planned.