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Coronavirus: Austria to ease face mask measures

Face masks will no longer be compulsory in schools, businesses and tourist areas in Austria from 15 June, the country’s government indicated on Friday. Masks will still be required in public transport, beauty salons, hairdressers, restaurants (for waiters), and in public places when social distancing is not possible. In early April, Austria was one of the first European countries to make it compulsory to wear masks in public to limit the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Now, fewer than 650 people are still infected in the country. “We can take off our masks little by little,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as he introduced a phase with “fewer rules and more individual responsibility.” “We are on the right track,” he added, highlighting the small number of new infecti...

Austria’s President apologises after he broke a coronavirus-related curfew.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA --- He stayed at a restaurant in the capital, Vienna, beyond the closing time mandated under the country's lockdown measures. Mr Van der Bellen, 76, said he had lost track of the time while speaking with friends at the Italian restaurant in the centre of the city. "I'm sincerely sorry. It was a mistake," he said. "I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife," he wrote on Twitter. "We then lost track of the time while chatting." The president was spotted by police on the outside dining area of the restaurant shortly after midnight on Sunday, local media report. But the government's latest rules say restaurants and cafes, which were allowed to reopen last week, must close no later than 23:00. The restaurant could be fined f...
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