Your up-to-date guide to all you need to know about Coronavirus quarantine restrictions in Vienna – in English

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Your up-to-date guide to all you need to know about Coronavirus quarantine restrictions in Vienna – in English

Here’s all you need to know about the Coronavirus quarantine restrictions in Vienna, as of May 5, 2020, 6pm:


Stores are open again!

Two important things to know when visiting any stores:

+ you MUST wear a face mask
+ stores are only letting in a certain number of customers at a time, depending on the size of the stores (as of May 1st, 1 customer per 10 square metres)

Keep in mind: some small stores may be remaining closed as it is too difficult for them to spend the money on staff when majority of the population are still in lockdown, therefore, they’d have minimal business. To find out exactly what stores are open, we strongly advise you check out their website and their social media pages.


Restaurants, cafes and bars will be open again, as of May 15. Until then – you can still order food!

As of May 15, restaurants, cafes and bars are allowed to be open from 6am until 11pm. There will be a minimum distance of one metre per table to ensure a safety distance between people. This, of course, doesn’t apply to people sitting at the same table.

In the meantime, there is still the opportunity to order from them or get take away food. Actually most places are offering a pickup takeaway service, and delivery service at the moment.

The food delivery apps on which you’ll find most of places delivering are Mjam and Lieferando. These food delivery companies have announced that they’re offering extra services that accommodate for the current shutdown, such as contactless food deliveries, online payment and safety distances between food provider, and the deliverer.


Events and meetings are still limited – events for up to 10 people are possible again as of May 1st.

For funerals, it’s up to 30 people. This restriction is until June 30th.

If this rule is violated, the person violating them can be fined up to 2,180€ (See Epidemiegesetz §39 & §40)


There are no curfew restrictions in place any more!

It should be noted that social contact should still be reduced to a minimum, which also means that if you meet someone on the street – please keep a distance of at least one meter.


You still need to keep a safety distance of at least one metre to people who do not live in your household

The minimum distance should be adhered to wherever possible – also in public transport. But if that is not possible due to lack of space, it will have no consequences.


Children’s playgrounds and sports grounds are open again


Outdoor pools are also expected to reopen on May 29th.


A fund of several billion € has been pledged to assist businesses affected by the crisis & shutdown and the health sector

The government has stated that the fund will go towards helping businesses in the most affected industries. The fund will also go towards the purchasing of equipment and supplies required in the health sector. Check out the WKO website for details. 


Short-term parking zone regulations are in place again

If you park your car anywhere in the city without a parking ticket, you’ll get fined again, as of May 2020.


Wearing face masks in supermarkets, drugstores, other shops and on public transport is STILL MANDATORY

As of April 6th, wearing a face mask is a must in all public spaces and in all businesses. The purpose of wearing them is to prevent the spread of the virus via droplets infections, for example, when coughing, or sneezing. You can also use a scarf if you prefer. Supermarkets are no longer providing them for free so you are expected to bring your own. 

Read this very helpful guide by the ORF about how to wear a face mask and what is allowed and what’s not.


All schools are slowly being opened again.

On May 4, students in their final year of school returned to their final classes. On May 18, pupils at the elementary, lower secondary,  new middle school, and special school levels will follow. The remaining ones will go back to school on June 3rd.

However, if you urgently need assistance with looking after your child, all schools and Kindergarten are offering emergency care in which a teacher will supervise children during school/ kindergarten hours.


Matura and final apprenticeship exams are scheduled to take place this semester.


According to the press conference from April 6th, there won’t be any events until the end of June.


The so-called Bundesgärten aka. Schönbrunn & Belvedere and other public parks, are open again





Watch the statement of chancellor Kurz from Sunday, March 15.
Read the APA (Austrian Press Agency) latest news on this.

Additional informative sources in different languages:

For information about the Covid-19 situation in Austria and FAQs about the virus in general in different languages than German or English, check out this website:

You can also call them on their info hotline if you have any questions about the situation


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