Tag:corona

Enforcement of Mask Rules by U-Bahn Security Triggers Accusations of Racism

A routine intervention by Wiener Linien staff escalated into alleged use of excessive force; feelings run high while body-cam evidence may prove critical.

The Ischgl Report – Misjudgment, Misconduct and Misinformation

An independent review of the outbreak response to one of Europe’s first COVID-19 clusters blames federal and state officials for their slow reactions and poor communication.

(Anti)Social Distancing at the Universities

The start of the winter semester places Vienna’s students – including thousands of freshmen – firmly under the shadow of the pandemic

How Austrian Scientists are Fighting COVID-19

As nations around the world follow every twist and turn of the developing science to combat the coronavirus, Austrian researchers and companies could play a key role.

Ewald Nowotny on the EU Post-Pandemic

The pandemic could be the making of the EU, says the former ÖNB governor. On coronabonds,” the “frugal four” and the clever Mrs. Merkel.

Feds to the City: “We Only Want to Help.” Right.

The Corona crisis granted a political ceasefire. As the emergency recedes, partisan sniping is back on the agenda, but this time, with C-19 serving as ammunition.

Measuring Corona Happiness | Money Isn’t Everything – But It Helps

Viennese waiters are legendary for their grumpiness, but studies show Austrians to be among the world’s happiest people. Can anyone believe the numbers?

Viennese Tourism is Fighting for Survival

Organizations and hotel businesses are vowing to save the city’s summer tourism with advertising campaigns directed at locals and guests from neighboring states.

(Red) Cross Purposes

The strength of the legendary aid organization is its iron clad neutrality. In the overlapping alliances of Austrian party politics, this is looking badly compromised.

Emergency Power Binge | Will Kurz Be Able to Kick the Habit?

The Corona crisis justified a package of extraordinary measures that limit basic freedoms. Watchdogs are worried that the government may be reluctant to give up these powers as the pandemic recedes.

A Call for Home-Sewn Masks

If you have a sewing machine, some time on your hands, and a stash of fabric, why not sew face masks and donate them where they are urgently needed.

Ischgl | Greed and Consequences

Delays and denials by Tyrolean officials and the tourism industry have provoked a class action suit, and untold damage to the reputation of the legendary ski resort.

Why Face Masks Matter – And How to Wear Them

As of April 1, we are supposed to wear face masks when grocery shopping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Covering your nose and mouth with a mask will not protect you from viral infection, but if you are infected and asymptomatic, you may unwittingly infect others.

Spring 2020 Trend Watch|Coronavirus Edition

A new season is upon us and with it comes a wave of seasonal must-haves, but this year we’re trading in shoes and purses for non-perishables and medical grade accessories.

The Law in the Time of Corona

The SARS-CoV-2 virus poses a major challenge both to companies and individuals. A Vienna-based lawyer and data protection experts gives insights into ramifications in law.

5 Feel-Good TV Shows to Watch During Quarantine

After a week in isolation, your home may be spotless but your mood may take a hit. So, here’s a list of cheerful TV shows to keep you afloat in these trying times.

Coronavirus | Rescuing Culture

A total government support package of €38 billion will help businesses ride out the Coronavirus crisis. How much will go to cultural organizations and artists is still a matter of tricky negotiations.

6 Home Office Hacks for Productivity & Personal Health

Working in your pajamas sounds dreamy, but remote work presents clear changes: You save time commuting, but lose time with colleagues; shutting off from work becomes more difficult, yet you’re more susceptible to distractions, especially in the time of Corona.

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.

Coronavirus | Which Stores Are Open, Which Are Closed in Austria

Since Monday, March 16, Ausgangsbeschränkungen (movement restrictions) have been in force in Austria. How does that affect public transportation, can you go to the doctor, take a walk or buy hygiene products? Can the police penalize you? This list should answer all your questions.

How the Coronavirus Will Affect Your Business in Austria

Over the mid-March weekend, the Austrian government put together a €4 billion relief package for companies and the self-employed, who have suffered massive losses due to the coronavirus.

Why Austrians Struggle so Much with Self-Isolation

Self-isolation goes against Austrian culture. Viennese society is built around interaction, which is a big part of what has won the city best Quality of Life for 10 years running.

Coronavirus | Austrian President Van der Bellen Addresses Nation

“I am confident that we will succeed, just as we have already achieved a lot together in our country. Please look after yourselves! And together we will look after our Austria. Thank you."
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