Austria Reopens Some Shops, Albeit With Strict Social Distancing Guidelines

By Kurt Stolz on 14 April 2020
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A Spar supermarket in Vienna’s city center

Shops in Austria cautiously began to reopen this week as the government loosened its national lockdown.

Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz had ordered all non-essential businesses closed last month amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Health officials there have reported at least 14,159 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 384 deaths. The death rate per million members of the population is 43.

The containment procedures the country put into place appear to be working, Kurz said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The first stage of “a very long marathon” is over, he said, adding that “the number of new infections and hospitalizations are going in the right direction.”

On Monday, Gesundheitsminister Rudolf Anschober cautioned residents to abide by social distancing rules very carefully.

He urged residents to maintain the appropriate distance and to wear a mask, which is also required on public transit.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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