Salzburg announces removal of some lockdown restrictions
The entirety of Austria will begin leaving the severe restrictive measures behind on 14 April
- April 13, 2020 17:30
- Anton Stoyanov
As TheMayor.EU reported earlier last week, Austria and Denmark are among the first countries in Europe to begin exiting their respective coronavirus-related lockdowns. Both countries and their governments believe that they have managed to put a lid on the outbreak and are already looking toward rebooting their economies and social life and allowing citizens to eventually return to life as it was before the quarantine.
Returning to normalcy in Salzburg
Local authorities in Salzburg, for example, have given a clear and defined list of what will again be allowed after 14 April – the date on which the Austrian government will begin lifting some of the lockdown measures.
First up, parks across the city will be opened to visitors – playgrounds, however, will remain closed at least until 30 April, as they present a far starker health hazard. Yet, the positive outlook in Salzburg in terms of active coronavirus cases has allowed authorities to work out a series of other exceptions and the lifting of restrictions of venues across the city. They include:
- Parks and dog-walking areas
- The green market in the Old Town during workdays and Saturdays – with stalls only being allowed to sell food
- The weekly market Mitte-Lehen
- The organic farmers’ market on Kajetanerplatz
- The municipal recycling centre for private individuals
The municipality, however, wants to remind its citizens that they must remain vigilant – for if an increase in cases is discovered, the previously-imposed lockdown measures will yet again be reimposed.
That is why local authorities want locals to keep on stringently observing social distancing measures – 2 metres between individuals, a limited number of people in shops, always-on protective face masks and others.
As long as the outlook in Austria keeps improving, authorities will continue opening up the country and its businesses, thus eventually allowing for life to return to what it was before the crisis struck.
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