As of July 1, the following loosened restrictions will be in effect in Austria:
- The 3-G rule (geimpft, getestet, genesen – vaccinated, tested or recovered) will continue, with proof of one of the three required for most aspects of public life.
- Curfew will be lifted and there will be no restrictions to business hours.
- Nightclubs and Nachtgastronomie (late night bars) will reopen for the first time in 16 months; there are still ongoing discussions regarding entry requirements.
- Weddings and dancing in close proximity will be permitted again.
- One meter distance between patrons will no longer be required when seated at restaurants, but contact tracing will still be mandatory.
- Large events will be able to take place without any restrictions; food may be served. Concerts with standing room only can take place once again, with and no masks required.
- Children under the age of 12 will no longer need a test. Sayonara, Ninja card!
In addition, the now iconic FFP2-masks are slowly on their way out: from July 22 onward, they will only be required in hospitals and care homes.
On the EU level:
- Border restrictions will be loosened for travelers coming from the US, Serbia, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam. To enter, meeting the 3-G requirements is sufficient.
While Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein assured that “Summer will go back to how it was,” the vice principal of the MedUni Vienna, Oswald Wagner, warned that the rapid spread of the Delta-Variant means that “the pandemic isn’t over yet. We still need be cautious.”