Austria relaxes lockdown but increases fines

The Austrian government has allowed the restrictions on the third to be eased from February 8, in particular, to open schools and restore trade.

Reported by Kurier.

On Monday, February 8, the first “soft easing” of the third lockdown, which began on December 26, is to take place.

Starting Monday, primary school students will be taught in schools again. Middle and high school students will take shifts. Only those who will pass regular tests can participate in the classes.

The stores will also be able to resume work from Monday, provided that each client will have 20 square meters, and clients will be wearing FFP2 masks.

From Monday, it will be possible to visit a hairdresser, beautician, or massage therapist only with a negative test for coronavirus, not older than 48 hours.

Galleries, museums, and zoos will also reopen their doors from next Monday.

Violators of the 2-meter distance or those who do not wear the FFP2 mask may receive more severe penalties. At the moment, a penalty of 25 euros should be expected for a violation.

On February 15, the government will again discuss the next steps in the fight against the pandemic.

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