Kurz said stores could soon open in the country.
Light at the end of the tunnel, at least for the Austrians: After Easter, smaller shops in Austria can open, and from May 1, all shops will have to be observed, but precautions will still have to be followed, wearing a face mask will still be mandatory in shops. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced at a press conference in Vienna on Monday about precautions for the coronavirus situation.
“We have reacted faster and more decisively in Austria than in other countries, so we have the opportunity to recover more quickly from the crisis.”
Kurz said. He stressed, however, that Easter week will be crucial in terms of whether life can gradually return to normal after that.
The chancellor explained: it is planned that in eight days, from 14 April, the smaller shops, do-it-yourself shops and open-air markets, which will not be larger than 400 square meters, will open again; however, a face mask must still be worn and only a specified number of customers may be present in a store at the same time.
From 1 May, all shops in Austria can open, including shopping malls and hairdressers, also with precautions.
It is now mandatory to wear a face mask in stores; and the use of a face mask will be extended to public transport from next Monday.
Catering units and hotels can be opened gradually from mid-May at the earliest, the details of which will be decided by the end of April. And schools will continue teaching at home using digital devices until mid-May.
The Prime Minister drew attention to the fact that childcare is still available in educational institutions and it is not a shame if parents make use of this opportunity. Students can complete the school year, and those before graduation can take the graduation exams. Education at universities and colleges also continues digitally, and exams must be taken as soon as possible. Kurz also talked about the fact that no events will be held until the end of June. Decisions on summer regulation will be made by the end of April.
The curfew will be extended until the end of April, so you can still leave the apartment for four reasons: to work, to shop, to help others, or for a short walk.
Kurz also asked the population to consistently adhere to precautions, avoid social contact, adhere to the prescribed distance of no more than one meter, and above all not to celebrate Easter with their family members, friends, instead stay at home with those with whom they live.
“If the numbers got worse, we could play what we've achieved so far.”
Sebastian Kurz warned.
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