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Current measures of the federal government

Status: May 19, 2021. The information is continuously updated.

The whole world has been suffering from COVID-19 for over a year and mutations keep causing new waves. Thanks to the discipline of the Austrian population during lockdowns, the wearing of FFP2 masks and regular tests, the number of infections in Austria could be greatly reduced and the exposure to intensive care units improved. Austria is able to do this from May 19, 2021 cautious across industries to to open. Further simplifications are to follow from July 2021. The legal framework is already regulated in the COVID-19 Opening Ordinance. The entry requirements from countries with low incidences were also relaxed on May 19, 2021. The legal framework is regulated in the COVID-19 Entry Ordinance.

In order to continue to have the corona situation under control, the development is continuously evaluated by the federal government together with a team of experts and the state governors. In addition, the following measures will continue to be used:

    • Restrictions in counties with a 7-day incidence above 400 to avoid further spread
    • Expansion of the tried and tested range of tests to quickly identify and isolate infections
    • Motivation of the Austrian population to use the vaccination offer

The following protective measures currently apply:

Towards people who do not live in the same household is a Distance of at least two metersto be observed. Such a distance must not be maintained with the following persons: life partner who does not live in the same household, individual close relatives (parents, children, siblings) and individual important caregivers with whom physical or non-physical contact is usually maintained several times a week. When entering closed rooms in public places, an FFP2 mask must also be worn in addition to the distance.

Customer areas

  • Entering and driving into the customer area of ​​retail establishments for the purpose of purchasing goods is permitted under the following conditions:
    • Compliance with the minimum distance of 2 meters from people who do not live in the same household,
    • Wearing an FFP2 mask indoors - also outdoors at markets (children between the ages of 6 and 14 only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all),
    • Guarantee of at least 20 m² per customer (if the customer area is smaller, a maximum of one customer plus the people living in the same household may enter the customer area).
  • In the case of body-hugging services, 10 m² per customer must be ensured. If the customer area is smaller than 10 m², a maximum of one customer plus the people living in the same household may enter the customer area. In addition, the customer must provide evidence of a low epidemiological risk (3-G evidence - vaccinated, recovered, tested). If, due to the nature of the service, the minimum distance of two meters between the customer and the service provider and / or the customer cannot wear an FFP2 mask, this is only permitted if other suitable protective measures minimize the risk of infection. Food and drinks may not be consumed during the service.
  • The customer area of ​​the business premises may be entered between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the latest - without prejudice to more restrictive opening times due to other legal provisions.
  • Operators and employees with direct customer contact must present valid proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof) every 7 days and wear a close-fitting mechanical protective device that covers the mouth and nose area. If no 3-G proof is provided, an FFP2 mask must be worn.
  • Opening times, distance rules and FFP2 mask also apply to outdoor markets.
  • Operators of structurally connected operating facilities (e.g. shopping centers, market halls) must observe the following additional framework conditions:
    • The consumption of food and beverages is prohibited in connecting structures. The rules of gastronomy apply to the serving of food and drinks.
    • A COVID-19 officer must be appointed and a COVID-19 prevention concept drawn up and implemented.
  • For facilities with more than 51 employees, a COVID-19 prevention concept will be required from April 1, 2021.

gastronomy

  • Since May 19, 2921, catering establishments can again be entered for entertainment purposes between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. - regardless of more restrictive opening times due to other legal regulations. This also applies to picking up food and drinks.
  • Delivery via delivery services is also possible outside of these times.
  • Food and drinks may not be consumed outside of the opening times within 50 meters of the business premises.
  • The visitor group may include people from the same household or may consist of a maximum of 4 adults plus 6 minors indoors and a maximum of 10 adults plus 10 minors outdoors. A minimum distance of 2 meters must be observed from people who are not part of the visitor group. The administration stations are to be set up accordingly.
  • Both proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof - vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for rapid follow-up of contact persons are mandatory. Exception: when picking up food and drinks.
  • In closed rooms away from the administration area, an FFP2 mask must be worn (children between 6 years and 14 years of age only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all). This also applies to picking up food and drinks.
  • Consumption is only permitted while seated, with the exception of food and beverage stands.
  • Every company needs a COVID-19 officer and must create and implement a COVID-19 prevention concept.
  • Exceptions to restrictions on the group of visitors, opening times and 3-G verification are available for catering facilities in the following areas:
    • Hospitals and health resorts,
    • Retirement and nursing homes as well as residential facilities for the disabled,
    • Facilities for the care and accommodation of children and young people, including schools and kindergartens,
    • Companies (company canteens),
    • Mass transportation.
  • Operators and employees with direct customer contact must present valid proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof) every 7 days and wear a close-fitting mechanical protective device that covers the mouth and nose area. If no evidence is provided, an FFP2 mask must be worn.
  • Details at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/gastronomie.

accommodation

  • Since May 19, 2021, accommodation providers have been able to reopen for all types of overnight stays.
  • Both proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof - vaccinated, recovered, tested) of the guest and registration for rapid follow-up of contact persons are mandatory. The proof must always be valid if services of the company (e.g. gastronomic facilities, wellness and fitness area) are used.
  • In generally accessible areas, the guest must maintain a minimum distance of two meters from people who do not live in the same household or who do not belong to the guest group in the shared living unit, unless there are suitable protective measures for spatial separation. He also has to wear an FFP2 mask (children between the ages of 6 and 14 only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all).
  • Gastronomic facilities in accommodation establishments may be entered between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. to serve food and drinks. Guest groups are equal to people from the common household.
  • Every company needs a COVID-19 officer and must create and implement a COVID-19 prevention concept.
  • Operators and employees with direct customer contact must present a valid 3-G certificate every 7 days and wear a close-fitting mechanical protective device that covers the mouth and nose area. If no evidence is provided, an FFP2 mask must be worn.
  • Details at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/beherbergung.

Events

  • Since May 19, 2021, meetings have been permitted again under certain conditions.
  • Meetings with a maximum of 4 adults and 6 minors from different households are permitted between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following day.
  • The following meetings are permitted between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.:
    • Meetings in closed rooms with a maximum of 4 adults and 6 minors from different households
    • Outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 adults and 10 minors from different households
    • Meetings without assigned and marked seats with up to 50 participants: Obligation to notify from 10 people, admission only with evidence of a low epidemiological risk (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for quick follow-up of contacts, no serving of food and drinks, minimum distance of 2 meters People from other households, FFP2 mask required indoors and outdoors
    • Meetings with assigned and marked seats with up to 1,500 participants in closed rooms and with up to 3,000 participants outdoors: obligation to notify from 10 people and authorization from 50 people, admission only with proof of a low epidemiological risk (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for quick tracking of contact persons, serving of food and drinks according to the rules of gastronomy, minimum distance of 2 meters (or 1 seat) to people from other households or outside the visitor group, FFP2 mask requirement indoors and outdoors, COVID-19 officer and COVID-19 prevention concept mandatory
    • Extracurricular youth education and work, supervised holiday camps: up to 20 participants plus 4 carers, if there is a COVID-19 prevention concept and a COVID-19 officer, the minimum distance can be fallen below and the FFP2 mask is not required, admission only possible with evidence of a low epidemiological level Danger (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for rapid contact follow-up
    • Trade fairs and public fairs: Obligation to notify from 10 people and authorization from 50 people, m² regulation as in trade, admission only with evidence of a low epidemiological risk (vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for quick contact person tracking, serving of food and drinks according to the rules of Gastronomy, minimum distance of 2 meters to people from other households, FFP2 mask compulsory indoors and outdoors, COVID-19 officer and COVID-19 prevention concept mandatory
  • There are exceptions for the following meetings:
    • Meetings in private living quarters, but not meetings in places that do not serve to satisfy an immediate need for housing - such as garages, gardens, sheds, barns,
    • Funerals,
    • Assemblies according to the assembly law,
    • professional meetings, if these are necessary to maintain the professional activity,
    • Events for the practice of religion,
    • Meetings of organs of political parties,
    • Meetings of bodies of legal persons,
    • Meetings in accordance with the Labor Constitution Act,
    • Rehearsals for artistic performances,
    • Meetings in non-public sports facilities,
    • Meetings for vocational training and further education purposes, to fulfill the necessary integration measures according to the Integration Act, for driver training and further education and for professional final exams,
    • Events in top-class sport,
    • Driving in theaters, concerts, cinemas, variety theaters and cabarets with multi-lane motor vehicles.
  • Details at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/messen-veranstaltungen.

Other tourist businesses

  • From May 19, 2021, sports facilities (indoor and outdoor) as well as cultural and leisure facilities may reopen (between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.).
  • Leisure businesses are all businesses and facilities that serve entertainment, amusement or recreation, such as in particular (but not exclusively):
    • Fairgrounds, amusement and amusement parks
    • Baths and facilities according to § 1 (1) Z-7 Bath Hygiene Act
    • Dance schools
    • Betting offices, slot machines, amusement arcades and casinos,
    • Show mines,
    • Facilities for the practice of prostitution,
    • Indoor playgrounds
    • Paintball systems
    • Museum railways
    • Animal parks, zoos and botanical gardens
  • The following are considered to be cultural institutions:
    • Museums, art halls and cultural exhibition halls,
    • Libraries,
    • Libraries,
    • Archives.
  • In closed rooms, the m² rule applies as in retail - with the exception of rides.
  • Admission only with valid proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof - vaccinated, recovered, tested) and registration for rapid contact person tracking (except for cultural institutions).
  • COVID-19 officer and COVID-19 prevention concept mandatory.
  • Administration of food and drinks according to the rules of gastronomy.
  • Minimum distance of 2 meters to people from other households and FFP2 mask compulsory in closed rooms (except during sports and in damp rooms).
  • Details at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/freizeit.

Cable cars and public transport

  • In mass transportation and bus stops and thus also in the access area of ​​public transportation and cable cars (inside and outside), wearing an FFP2 mask (children between the ages of 6 and 14 only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all) and a distance of at least two meters for people who do not live in the same household.
  • If the minimum distance cannot be maintained due to the number of passengers and when boarding and alighting, this can be undercut as an exception.
  • An FFP2 mask has also been in place since January 25, 2021 (children between the ages of 6 and the age of 14 only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all, when vehicles are used jointly by people from different households (car pools, taxis, etc.) ) to wear. Only two people are allowed per row.
  • In closed or coverable equipment of cable cars and cogwheel railways (gondolas, cabins, coverable armchairs), the additional transport capacity may only be 50%; people from one household are exempt from this restriction.
  • The use of cable cars and cogwheel railways is permitted for the purpose of staying outdoors for physical and mental relaxation.
  • Operators of cable cars and cog railways must also create and implement a COVID-19 prevention concept.

Mouth and nose protection

  • According to scientific findings, face visors (e.g. face shields) do not offer sufficient protection against infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is why they are no longer an alternative to a close-fitting mechanical protective device that covers the mouth and nose area allowed.
  • An FFP2 mask is mandatory in retail, public transport (including carpooling and taxis), restaurants, accommodation, as well as for body-friendly services and gatherings (children between the ages of 6 and 14 only need a tight-fitting MNS, none of them at all).

Detailed information is available at www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at.

Corona traffic light - measures depending on the regional epidemiological situation to contain the risk of infection

Since September 4, 2020, the four-stage corona traffic light, which was developed by the Ministry of Health, has made the risk situation in the individual districts recognizable at a glance. The definition of the traffic light colors is based on the technical recommendations of the “Corona Commission” (experts and representatives from the federal and state governments). All information about the Corona traffic light can be found at corona-ampel.gv.at.

Entry and travel restrictions

  • There are still restrictions for entry into Austria due to Corona (current entry regulation)
    • Proof of a low epidemiological risk (3-G proof - vaccinated, recovered or tested) is mandatory for entry.
    • In addition, online entry registration with an entry form (pre-travel clearance) is required.
    • People entering from countries with a low incidence of infection only need up-to-date 3-G proof.
    • People who come from a risk area or who have stayed there in the past 10 days must present valid 3-G proof. People who submit a test as evidence must also go into quarantine, which can be ended with a new negative PCR or antigen test from the 5th day after entry.
    • Entry from virus variant states is only possible to a very limited extent. Persons entering or from these areashave stayed there in the past 10 days, you need a negative molecular biological test result (including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered) and you also have to go into quarantine, which can be ended with a new negative PCR or antigen test from the 5th day after entry.
    • Exceptions or reliefs exist for certain people, such as commuters, in the course of a professional activity, traveling through without stopping, for medical reasons.
  • Due to the high incidence of infections in individual Austrian regions, proof of a negative test result of an antigen test or molecular biological test for Sars-CoV-2 may be mandatory for people who want to leave the country.
  • For more information on border openings and travel restrictions, see Information for guests and travelers.