The country’s students are allowed to return to the classrooms, albeit not all at the same time. Only the elementary schools start full regular operation on February 8th (Vienna and Lower Austria). Shift work is being introduced for secondary levels I and II. A “nose drill” self-test is a prerequisite for participation in the class. If it is refused, the child must remain in distance learning. The FFP2 mask requirement also applies in schools, but only for students aged 14 and over. Children from 6 years of age need conventional mouth and nose protection.
After all, there is good news for them Driving schools. Driver training and further education as well as general driving tests are possible again from Monday.
The penalties are being sharpened. Instead of the previous 25 or 50 euros, an organ mandate costs 90 euros from Monday in the event of a violation of the mask requirement or keeping your distance (two meters in public places). In this way, the police can crack down on those who refuse to distance themselves and who refuse masks, even during demos. In addition, the executive wants to control the ski areas more closely.
Designing the leisure program is also made easier. Animal parks, zoos and botanical gardens will open their doors again on February 8th. Here, the FFP2 mask requirement – also outdoors – and the 20 square meter rule per customer must be observed. Zoos such as Schönbrunn Zoo therefore only issue online tickets booked in advance, including a fixed entry time.
Even if theaters and concert halls have to remain closed, there is a little consolation for art and culture lovers: museums, art halls and cultural exhibition halls are closing again. Libraries, libraries and archives will also be open again from Monday. Please note: 20 square meters per visitor and FFP2 mask requirement.
Immigration and commuters
A lot has also changed for commuters and those entering Austria. However, not until February 10th, when the new entry regulations of the Ministry of Health come into force. Female commuters have to present a negative corona test once a week. In addition, registration as part of the “Pre Travel Clearance” is required.
Entrants also need a negative test, and there is still a ten-day quarantine. For business trips, you need a receipt such as a confirmation from your employer. The only exceptions are urgent trips within the family or for medical care. The existing border controls with the neighboring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be extended. There are still ongoing controls for Hungary and Slovenia. Due to the virus mutation, the British are currently not allowed to enter Austria.