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COVID-19 protective measures valid since November 3, 2020

  • Austria


    Since the COVID-19 infection numbers have massively increased, the legislator has again expanded the measures to contain the coronavirus. Since November 3, 2020, the new COVID-19 protective measures regulation has been in force, which brings numerous new restrictions. Please find a summary of the most important new regulations.

    Entering public places

    It is now no longer permitted to leave one's private living area or to stay outside it from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. of the following day. The main exceptions to this rule are:

    - averting immediate danger to life, body and property

    - the care of and assistance to persons in need of support and

      exercising family rights and fulfilling family responsibilities,

    - to cover the basic needs of daily life,

    - professional and educational purposes or the participation in judicial or other

      official proceedings or official acts, and

    - the stay outdoors for physical recreation.

    In these exceptional cases the private living area may be left from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. of the following day.


    Customer areas

    Customer areas of business premises may be entered if the minimum distance is maintained and a mouth and nose protector is worn. The owner must also ensure that there is only one customer per 10m2 in the customer area.


    In places of professional activity, the minimum distance must also be observed. If the minimum distance cannot be maintained, other protective measures must be taken (e.g. forming teams or setting up Plexiglas panels.)

    Hospitality, accommodation and leisure facilities

    It is no longer allowed to enter restaurants and bars if food and drinks are to be consumed on site. However, food can be picked up between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. No time restrictions apply to delivery services. Accommodation facilities may only be entered in exceptional cases, for example for professional reasons. Also, the entry of leisure facilities, such as museums or theatres, is prohibited.


    There are only a few exceptions to the regulation. It is worth mentioning here, that the obligation to maintain the minimum distance does not apply if suitable protective devices are available for spatial separation.

    The existence of the conditions that would justify a violation of the provisions of this regulation must, if requested - for example, by organs of the public security service - be verified.

    If, for example, you are on your way home from work after 8:00 p.m., a confirmation from your employer can help certifying that you work in the company as a key employee and are still on the road for professional reasons.


    In summary, it can be said that in all public places it is mandatory to keep a minimum distance of one meter. If this is not possible, appropriate measures must be taken to reduce the risk of infection. In addition, it is mandatory to wear a mouth and nose protector in closed public spaces. Only at the place of professional activity the agreement between employee and employer is required to establish an obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector.


    Mag. Alexander Stolitzka


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