According to various media reports, the Austrian government announced on Wednesday (December 2nd) that the aim of the ten-day quarantine requirement for all travelers from corona risk areas is to largely curb tourism. Restaurants and hotels must remain closed until January 7th, as well as sports, cultural and leisure facilities. Skiing and other outdoor sports, however, will be possible again from December 24th.
Public life in Austria is also being partially restarted after a lockdown lasting several weeks. As of Monday, schools, shops and businesses for body-friendly services such as hairdressers are allowed to reopen. The exit restrictions will only apply at night in future.
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The current corona numbers in Austria
The number of new infections in Austria is only slowly flattening out despite the hard lockdown lasting several weeks. 3972 new positive tests were registered within 24 hours, the Ministry of the Interior and Health Ministry announced on Wednesday. That is around 650 more than the day before. 121 people infected with the virus have died since Tuesday. 4245 people are in hospital for treatment, 674 of them in intensive care units.
The Federal Foreign Office on the Corona situation in Austria
The Foreign Office also certifies Austria “infection numbers (…) at a high level”. Since the incidences in all federal states recently exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, the whole of Austria (with the exception of the exclaves Jungholz and Kleinwalsertal) was classified as a risk area.
What does the classification as a risk area mean for holidaymakers from Germany?
Travelers returning from risk areas must go home – or their destination – immediately after arriving in Germany and isolate themselves for 10 days. Anyone who has been in a risk area up to 10 days beforehand must also register using a digital entry registration, according to the website of the Federal Ministry of Health. The health department can request returnees from risk areas within 10 days of entry to submit a negative test result or – if no result is available – to take a test.
Mask requirement in Austria
The compulsory wearing of mouth and nose protection has been extended to pubs, churches and markets. Otherwise, the mask requirement applies in supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and post offices, taxis, cable cars and cog railways, coaches as well as inside excursion boats and on all public transport.