Austria Eases Lockdown, Increases Border Controls

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Austria will relax the lockdown measures in a week. Shops, schools, hairdressers, museums and zoos will open again from February 8.

 

Residents must stay in from 8:00 pm until 6:00 am. There will also be stricter border controls.

The Alpine country has been in a hard lockdown since December 26. The government has decided not to renew the most stringent measures, although the number of infections is still higher than desired.

In shops, people have to wear medical mouth masks or, for example, FFP2 masks. Anyone visiting a hairdresser or other service provider must submit a negative test less than 48 hours old.

Pupils are also only welcome at school if they have been tested negative. Test locations are being set up at schools. Older students’ classes are split so that it is easier to keep your distance.

To stop the import of new variants of the coronavirus, border controls are being stepped up, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. According to him, the Brazilian mutation has not yet been found in Austria.

There has been a lot of protest in Austria against the curfew and the lockdown. About 850 people were arrested at a prohibited demonstration in Vienna on Sunday.

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