In a recent travel update, Austria has ended lockdown restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. The Austrian government had imposed travel restrictions three weeks ago to put a cap on the rising number of the virus positive cases in the country.
As of now, the government has allowed the theaters to reopen along with museums and several cultural and entertainment venues. In some regions, restaurants and hotels have also been allowed to reopen and function like before but there will be a 11 PM curfew for restaurants.
Calling the action an “opening with a seatbelt,” Chancellor Karl Nehammer said that the government has given permission to each of Austria’s nine regions to loosen or tighten restrictions based on the situation. People who are unvaccinated will have to face the lockdown restrictions. Such people have been asked to stay at home.
The lockdown has proved to be effective in the country as the number of new cases have gone down. The small Alpine nation recorded 367.5 new infections per 100,000 residents on Friday. The officials have said that vaccination is necessary to control the virus at a high rate.
In Austria, only 67.7 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, which is a low rate for Western Europe. Meanwhile the government is trying several measures to put pressure on unvaccinated individuals to take the vaccine.