Austria to Exit Lockdown, Hotels and Restaurants to Open May 19

‘The end of the tunnel is getting brighter’

By Kurt Stolz on 23 April 2021
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Viennese and visitors mix at Café Prückel

“The end of the tunnel is getting brighter,” said Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz as he announced Austria’s planned exit from its current coronavirus lockdown.

The country’s hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations will reopen on May 19, Kurz said at a press conference at the Wiener Weltmuseum.

“No one is happier today than I am,” said Tourismusministerin or Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger, commenting on the announcement.

Guests and employees at hotels will be required to wear FFP2-level face masks and maintain a social distance of 6.5’ (2 meters).  A vaccination certificate or proof of a negative test result will be required to enter a hotel.

Bürgermeister Michael Ludwig said he was skeptical about the announcement, noting that May 19 is “still a long way off.”  The current lockdown in Niederösterreich and Vienna is slated to end on May 2 and the mayor is consulting with a team of experts to determine what comes next.

Meanwhile, schools will reopen on May 17 with mask requirements and thrice-weekly coronavirus testing.  Singing and sports will only be permitted outdoors.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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