Hotels and restaurants reopen soon

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces further opening steps.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces further opening steps.

The Corona situation in Austria is easing: after seven months, restaurants in the Alpine republic will be allowed to reopen from 19 May. This was announced by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at a press conference this afternoon.

Austrians will enjoy more normality as of next week: restaurants, cafés, hotels as well as cultural and leisure facilities will be allowed to receive guests again. However, only people who have been vaccinated, tested or who have recovered from a Corona infection will have access, it is said. Sebastian Kurz relies on a green access pass for admission. Only those who have this pass are allowed to enter.

Inside a restaurant four adults plus children are allowed to sit at one table, outside ten adults are allowed at one place. A distance of two metres must be kept from other tables. On the way to the table or to the toilet, the guests must wear a mask.

Schools will be back in regular session as early as May 17

. Curfews will also be lifted starting next week. Large events, such as weddings and club parties, remain banned. According to Chancellor Kurz, further opening steps are planned for July at the latest. In April, Kurz had already held out the prospect of the opening of the gates, which has now been completed.