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02.11.2020

Update 02.11.2020: November Lockdown in Austria

Due to rising cases of COVID-19, the Austrian government has decided to implement a second lockdown beginning on 3rd November and lasting until 30th November. Read on to find out more about the new measures.

General guidelines and regulations

Leisure travel is prohibited under the new lockdown, with hotels open to business travellers only. Holidaymakers in Austria as the measures come into effect may remain in their hotel until their scheduled departure.

Restaurants and bars are able to offer take-away and delivery services, but dining in culinary establishments is not permitted.

Cultural institutions and leisure facilities such as museums, theatres, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks, pools and gyms must close under the new lockdown rules, and events such as concerts, plays and exhibitions have been cancelled.

Personal care services can remain open, as can shops as long as it can be guaranteed that there is at least 10㎡ of space per customer.

Christmas markets will not open before 30th November, and cable cars have been closed.

Until 12th November, an 8pm - 6am curfew is in place.

Winter sports

Austria’s ski resorts, which were scheduled to open in November, will now remain closed until December at the earliest. The glacier ski resorts (and Kitzbühel, where one run was open) have announced that they will be closing to the general public. These closures are taking place today and tomorrow, and are expected to last until 30th November (date subject to change). Professional teams will be able to train in Kaunertal and Pitztal, and the ski race in Lech-Zürs will go ahead.

Martina Jamnig, UK Director at the Austrian National Tourist Office, comments: "While this is difficult news for both the winter sports tourism industry and would-be visitors looking forward to early season skiing, the top priority for Austria now is reducing the rate of infection. The new national lockdown, the postponed ski region openings and closure of glacier resorts are all key steps towards reaching this goal. With these early restrictions, it’s our hope that we’ll be able to return to the slopes in December in an environment that will be safer for everyone."

If you have any questions or for further information, please contact Eleanor.moody@austria.info. Find a full timeline of Austria's COVID-19 procedures here.