The mandatory requirements to stay at home in Austria were removed on May 1, and the country’s borders were opened in early June. The last few weeks have recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 infected
The Austrian authorities decided to reintroduce the mandatory wearing of masks amid a sharp increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said this at a press conference, Wiener Zeitung reports.
Kurz noted that over the past few weeks, the increase in the number of cases per day has reached three-digit values. “We decided to reintroduce the mandatory wearing of masks in supermarkets, banking and post offices, in all areas of daily life,” he said.
The Chancellor said that the mandatory wearing of masks will begin on 24 July. This is necessary because wearing masks can reduce the likelihood of infection, however, according to Kurz, wearing masks also has a symbolic effect, since it does not allow the population to relax and return to a carefree lifestyle that could trigger a new outbreak of coronavirus.