Austria loosens coronavirus restrictions, with skiing now a possibility

NEWS 08.02.2021 12:30
Source: Foto: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP (ilustracija)

Austria lifted its round the clock stay at home order on Monday, with the national curfew moved back to nighttime hours only.

The stay at home order now only applies from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time (from 2 p.m. ET), according to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Schools, shops and museums are allowed to open again, but under tight measures. An FFP2 or N95 mask has to be worn in all shops, and a 20 square meter distance (215 square feet) must be available to each customer. Hairdressers are also allowed to reopen.

But restaurants will remain closed in the Alpine republic. The government said that it will review whether to possibly open up restaurants up in March in the next weeks.

Contact sports, like soccer, remain off-limits, however, the slopes are open — with restrictions.

FFP2/N95 masks must be worn when using outdoor ski lifts, while gondolas or closed lifts only allowed to take half of their usual capacity.

Austria has registered 423,839 cases of the coronavirus so far, with 8,012 deaths.

1,317 new cases were reported on Sunday, according to data from the Ministry of Interior.

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