Austria introduces a full lockdown for the period from November 17 to December 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced on Saturday, November 14, by Chancellor of the Republic Sebastian Kurz.
“We are going through difficult times. <...> My urgent request: not to meet with anyone. Every social contact is too big a risk. Spend time only with your family,” ORF quotes him as saying.
The Chancellor noted that without taking additional measures, the country’s health care system may not cope with the load.
Thus, from November 17, almost all trade, except grocery stores and pharmacies, will be closed. The service sector will not work. Schools will switch to distance learning, employers are obliged to transfer the maximum number of employees to remote mode.
These restrictions are introduced in addition to the measures taken on November 3. At the moment, residents of Austria are not allowed to leave the house from 20:00 to 6:00 . An exception can be made in five cases: to go to work or study, to walk or jog, to do shopping, to help people in need in case of a threat to life. There is a mandatory mask regime in the country.