ÖAustria holidays have been possible again since June 15th. All border restrictions on Germany and other neighboring countries were lifted on this day, when the travel warning for most European countries ended. When entering Austria from these countries, there are no longer any quarantine or compulsory test results.

Rules in hotels and restaurants in Austria

German tourists can also look forward to extensive normalization of public life in the neighboring country. The accommodations have been welcoming guests for a while now, before Pentecost all hotels and accommodation facilities in the Alpine Republic had reopened.

Restaurants and bars can be visited again since May 15th. The curfew in the catering trade was extended to 1 a.m. on June 15 and the limit of four people per table was lifted.

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In mid-June, the obligation to wear mouth-nose protection in public was largely eliminated, for example for visitors to museums and exhibitions, guests in the catering trade and accommodation establishments.

A mouthguard is mandatory in public transport and taxis, in pharmacies and for services where the minimum distance of one meter cannot be maintained. The minimum distance rule of one meter still applies; for sporting activities it must be at least two meters.

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Holidaymakers can look forward to lavish breakfast buffets, leisure activities and relaxation in the wellness area this year – albeit with more distance than usual.

However, groups of guests should be treated like people from a common household and therefore do not have to keep a safe distance from each other.

Current information on further easing and the applicable rules can be found on the Vienna Tourism website (b2b.wien.info) and the Ministry of Health website (Sozialministerium.at).

Carinthia introduces a mandatory mask in tourism hotspots

The Austrian state of Carinthia, which is also popular with German holidaymakers, imposes an evening mask requirement in tourism hotspots. Mouth-to-nose protection should be worn every night from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in public places like Velden or Lake Wörthersee.

The regulation is to apply from July 10. “Velden should not become summer Ischgl”, tourism minister Sebastian Schuschnig (ÖVP) justified the decision.

The federal state, known for its lakes, with around 560,000 inhabitants and currently only very few Corona cases, has been seeing an increasing number of tourists since May. There have been concerns about associated health risks for weeks.

Appeals would not have been enough to prevent accumulations without clearance and hygiene measures, said Schuschnig. Both the mayor of the affected communities and the representatives of the gastronomy are behind the plan.

Corona tests for employees in tourism

In Austria, all tourism employees who have guest contact can be tested almost continuously for the corona virus in the future. The federal government will assume the costs, and by the end of the year 150 million euros would be available, said tourism minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) in Vienna.

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“We hope that as many companies as possible take part, we have set up the program as broadly as possible,” said Köstinger. A maximum of one test per week is paid per employee.

The goal is that around 70 to 80 percent of companies take part in the main season. With this, the tourism country Austria wants to try to ensure maximum security for guests and a carefree holiday experience, said the minister. She described the program as “unique in the world”.

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For the fall and winter seasons, when many people were back in closed rooms, the test strategy was a survival insurance for the industry. In a pilot project, a total of 5000 tourism employees were initially tested in five regions. Four of them were infected with the corona virus.

Sights in Vienna

Leisure facilities and museums in the country have reopened since May 29. Sports facilities, animal parks and zoos, exhibitions, swimming pools and sights were allowed to reopen.

Important Vienna sights are again open to visitors. For example, in the Unesco World Heritage Schönbrunn Palace, the imperial apartments and magnificent representative rooms have been open to the public since May 15.

Since then, the Crown Prince and Orange Garden, as well as the Schönbrunn Zoo, have been accessible again in the Schlosspark (Austrian Federal Gardens).

Wiener Prater starts after Corona break

The amusement park in the Vienna Prater with the famous Ferris wheel has also reopened after the Corona forced break. The attractions and other businesses have taken security measures to minimize the risk of infection, said a spokeswoman for the Austrian news agency APA. This included distance markings to avoid crowding in front of the attractions.

In addition, seats should be allocated to the rides. The staff will work with protective masks and gloves. In addition, the rides and other businesses would be disinfected regularly. The amusement park in the Vienna Prater is the oldest in the world.

More open sights can be found at wien.info.

Anniversary year of the Salzburg Festival

Even cultural events with up to a hundred people have been allowed again with some caution since May 29th. The guest limit for such events will be raised steadily until August. Since July 1st events with assigned and marked seats in closed rooms with up to 250 people, in the open air area with up to 500 people have been possible.

That is why the Salzburg Festival has decided to show in the anniversary year – albeit significantly less than originally planned.

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