From Tuesday: Night curfew in Austria

Distance notice at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).
Distance notice at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).

From Tuesday: Night curfew in Austria

Distance notice at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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Austria is tightening the corona measures effective November 3, 2020 and introducing a nightly curfew from 20:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Due to the legal situation, the main committee of the National Council still has to give its approval. The "house arrest" is initially limited to November 12, 2020, all other measures apply until November 30, 2020 at least.

The Ministry of Health defined a list of reasons that allow the nightly curfew to be broken. According to the official announcement, these are as follows:

  • Avoidance of an immediate danger to life, limb and property
  • Care of and assistance for people in need of support as well as exercise of family rights and fulfillment of family duties
  • Covering the basic needs of daily life
  • Professional and educational purposes, if necessary
  • Staying outdoors for physical and mental relaxation (e.g. going for a walk, jogging, walking)

Trade:
The trade will remain open, but the number of customers who may enter the shop will be limited. In future, only one customer will be allowed to enter a shop per ten square meters. Employers are generally encouraged to switch to home office if possible. Furthermore, the start of work should be staggered in order to avoid crowds.

transport:

The minimum distance must be observed on public transport and on the plane, but it can be less than this in exceptional cases. Mouth and nose protection is compulsory. It is also mandatory to wear mouth and nose protection in subway stations, platforms, stops, train stations and airports as well as their connecting structures. Carpooling, taxis and taxi-like operations can still be used if only two people are transported in each row of seats, including the driver. This also applies to training trips, such as driving schools. Mouth and nose protection is compulsory. Cable cars, gondolas and lifts may not be used for recreational purposes.

Schools and Universities:

Kindergartens, elementary schools and lower grades as well as polytechnic schools and special schools remain open, upper grades, technical colleges and universities are switching to distance learning.

Hotels and restaurants:

Catering establishments are only allowed to offer food for collection from 6 a.m. to 20 p.m., direct consumption in catering establishments is no longer permitted. Food can be delivered around the clock. This rule does not apply to canteens that take care of people who are looked after, accommodated or employed by the company, as well as accommodation providers for the provision of their guests. Public transport, such as train traffic, is also excluded.

Accommodation facilities may only be used in exceptional cases, in particular for professional purposes. People who are already housed at the time the regulation comes into force can continue to be housed for the agreed period. In addition, accommodation establishments may also be entered by people with an urgent need for housing and for the purpose of looking after and providing assistance to those in need of assistance.

2 Comments

  • Fosters, 2. November 2020 @ 16: 23

    What about a flight, e.g. departure at 7 a.m.? The way from home to the airport does not fall under any of the exceptions mentioned and the flight cannot be reached if the house is left after 6 a.m. So am I legally forced to arrive at the airport the evening before by 20 p.m. at the latest and can I then spend the night in the terminal on a bench or on the hard floor? Overnight stays, for example in an airport hotel, are also prohibited unless the trip is purely for business purposes.

    • Jan Gruber, 5. November 2020 @ 01: 28

      After I was forced to try it out on my own on Tuesday:
      That's not a problem at all, you can get to the airport and back again. Completely problem-free. If someone speaks to you, you show the ticket or the booking confirmation on your mobile phone or on paper and that's it. That gives you a good reason to leave the house. If you are traveling on business, a short confirmation from your employer can also be helpful. There is no obligation for this, but you don't have to make life difficult for each other, because the officers who have to check are very likely not having fun either.

      So my experience - and I asked the police officer at passport control - is that you can get to the airport and back without any problems or take your flight. You are not out “for fun” or “willfully”, you have a reason for it. It is helpful to have something with you or to be able to show it on your mobile phone in case you get into a control.

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2 Comments

  • Fosters, 2. November 2020 @ 16: 23

    What about a flight, e.g. departure at 7 a.m.? The way from home to the airport does not fall under any of the exceptions mentioned and the flight cannot be reached if the house is left after 6 a.m. So am I legally forced to arrive at the airport the evening before by 20 p.m. at the latest and can I then spend the night in the terminal on a bench or on the hard floor? Overnight stays, for example in an airport hotel, are also prohibited unless the trip is purely for business purposes.

    • Jan Gruber, 5. November 2020 @ 01: 28

      After I was forced to try it out on my own on Tuesday:
      That's not a problem at all, you can get to the airport and back again. Completely problem-free. If someone speaks to you, you show the ticket or the booking confirmation on your mobile phone or on paper and that's it. That gives you a good reason to leave the house. If you are traveling on business, a short confirmation from your employer can also be helpful. There is no obligation for this, but you don't have to make life difficult for each other, because the officers who have to check are very likely not having fun either.

      So my experience - and I asked the police officer at passport control - is that you can get to the airport and back without any problems or take your flight. You are not out “for fun” or “willfully”, you have a reason for it. It is helpful to have something with you or to be able to show it on your mobile phone in case you get into a control.

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