English-language Updates on the Coronavirus in Austria

Metropole is there for the roughly 500,000 non-German speakers across Austria who need information on COVID-19 developments. Their contribution to the #stayathome effort is vital for the success of Austrian safety measures.

The spread of the coronavirus and measures to curb its infection rate affect the Viennese lives in big and small ways. People who cannot understand news in German (roughly 340,000 people in Vienna and over 500,000 nationwide) have trouble adapting to the current situation, which puts both them and others in danger. Metropole believes that equal access to information is vital and supports non-German speakers in with daily reporting, community support and livestreams, as well as open-source sharing its English-language texts with local media.

Metropole is the “Open Source” for Coronavirus News in English

Starting on March 18, Metropole has made all COVID-19-related reporting and material open-access with the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. “Providing internationals in Vienna with the information and support they need is absolutely crucial. Vienna is an international city – more people living here were born abroad than in New York City – so communication and community support needs to be international too,” says Margaret Childs, CEO and publisher of Metropole.

All articles, news updates and opinion pieces regarding the coronavirus and its repercussions can be copied on any media platform, blog or other website without requesting special permission from the editorial team. There are two rules to follow: Always credit the names of the authors and link to the original article on the Metropole website metropole.at. If any adaptations have to be made to the text, these should be indicated. The license does not extend to the photos used alongside the published material.

All texts and materials related to coronavirus in Vienna are collected on the Metropole Coronavirus Updates page. It is updated daily and all texts are scientifically fact-checked (if applicable) prior to publishing.

Coronavirus Support for English Speakers in Vienna

To extend the support for internationals living in Vienna, Metropole has launched a Vienna Community Coronavirus Support Board – an English-language forum for anyone in the city to connect, ask questions, request help or volunteer assistance within the neighborhood or district.

Every evening, Metropole hosts livestreams at 18:30, dubbed “The Metropole Dispatch,” to give English speakers the opportunity to ask questions or express concerns they have and connect them to experts, reporters or fellow Viennese. “We aim to create a daily anchor for all those who may feel lost in the swirl of events or who just want to connect, learn from each other and enjoy company in the time of self-quarantine,” says Metropole’s COO and Managing Editor, Benjamin Wolf.

Useful Links

Metropole Coronavirus Updates page: https://metropole.at/coronavirus-updates-in-english/

Vienna Community Coronavirus Support Board: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1896062517359131

The Metropole Dispatch: live daily at 18:30 at https://www.facebook.com/metropolevie

Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

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