Coronavirus - COVID-19
New COVID-19 Protective Measure Regulations
Due to the continuing significant increase of infection numbers, the Austrian government has decided to bring in new protective measures that come into force on Tuesday November 17th 2020 (00.00 hrs.) and apply initially until Sunday December 6th.
We have summarised the most important points for you here. This list is therefore not complete. For more detailed information please refer to the links at the bottom of this page.
The curfew is extended to the entire day and night. This means that people may only go out in exceptional cases - for example, to cover necessary basic needs, to care for family members or for physical and psychological relaxation. Meetings with caregivers are furthermore permitted, for example family members or close friends who live in other households. Safety measures such as the wearing of mouth and nose masks, social distancing, ventilation and hand-washing must be respected. The number of people you can meet up with should be kept to an absolute minimum. For the time being these restrictions apply only until 26.11.2020.
Shops and personal services have to close. This includes also hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, massage parlours, and others. Only grocery stores, drugstores, banks, post offices, car and bicycle repair shops and rentals remain open. However, only one customer is allowed per 10m².
Restaurants, bars, and pubs may not serve food on the premises. Takeaway and delivery is still available, but only between 6.00 and 20.00. Delivery services are unaffected. Hotels may only operate in exceptional cases - business trips are still permitted.
Schools for younger children and nurseries are operating distance learning for all school years. Childcare will continue: in schools and nurseries it is available to everyone who needs it.
All public transport is subject to the minimum distance requirement of 1 meter and the mask-wearing rule. Cable cars and gondolas remain closed.
Leisure facilities and cultural centres such as theatres and opera houses may not operate. Sports centres (such as gyms and dance schools) are closed. Only single-person types of sport are permitted (for example, jogging and cycling).
If possible, people are recommended to work from home.
In addition . . .
Nose and mouth protection is compulsory in all closed public spaces.
In all public places a minimum distance of 1 metre to persons from other households must be maintained.
Wash your hands!
Take special care!
Implementation of the "Corona-Ampel"
On September 4, 2020, the Austrian government implemented the "Ampelsystem" (traffic light system) - a system for assessing the regional epidemic situation. The system is based on indicators, which among others take into account the number of cases, the ability to reconstruct infection chains as well as the availability of resources in the health system. The "Ampel" enables politicy makers to initiate targeted action.
Information in English about the latest measurements taken by the Austrian government can be found at
Coronavirus: Facts and security regulations in 16 languages:
Please stay updated with the latest news regarding this situation by reading, watching or listening:
orf.at/corona/stories/3158537/ (English, Türkçe und Bosanski-Hrvatski-Srpski)
ZIB 100 (German)
FM4 (some English radio programs)
Information and guidance (travel advice, how to protect yourself, situation reports, etc.) from the World Health Organisation:
Travel warnings and further information from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs:
Further Link for travel:
Information sheet (Land Kärnten):
PDF Information sheet for people entering this country from areas at risk (English)
A simple explanation of the Coronavirus for children
To watch the video, just click here!
A curious guide for courageous kids
The guide is available in lots of languages including English here.
A British article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
Please click here to find out more.