Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz announced that after months of closure of restaurants, cafes, hotels and entertainment facilities, Austria plans to slowly open its economy from May.
From next month, it will be possible to take the first step towards opening up tourism, gastronomy, culture and sports venues. Kurz did not give a specific date, but announced that more details will be announced next week.
He said: “Freedom is here.”
For people who have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from the coronavirus, masks, tests and planned green certificates will play an important role in Austria’s careful opening.
“By then, we will continue to conduct quality testing,” Kurz emphasized.
In recent years, the number of infections in Austria has been declining, and the situation in the intensive care unit is better.
According to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), in the past two weeks, 454 people out of every 100,000 people in Austria were infected. Croatia infected 626 people at the same rate.