Starting next Monday, February 8, Austria will start easing the restrictive measures imposed because of the pandemic coronavirus, RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
According to the head of the government, the lockdown had an effect: it was possible to reduce the 7-day morbidity from 150 to 100.
“On February 8, trade, museums and zoos will also be able to open. With regard to trade, as well as other areas, the opening is possible accompanied by security measures – wearing a mask type FFP2 will be mandatory, also the limit on square meters will be increased from 10 to 20, “- said Kurtz.
In addition, according to the Chancellor’s statement, barbershops and beauty salons may resume their work on February 8. However, to visit them, you must present a negative test for coronavirus, made no later than 48 hours.
However, Kurz stressed that Austria is still far from the “ideal” 7-day incidence of 50, which would mean 700 new infections per day, and also recalled the danger of British and South African mutations of the virus.
Austria has had tight restrictions in place since Dec. 26, 2020, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, and the nationwide lockdown has been extended until Feb. 7.
Demonstrations against the restrictive measures take place almost every weekend in Vienna and other cities in the Alpine republic.