VIENNA, 7 April 2020 - The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has announced that the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 that began on 16 March are being extended until Thursday 30 April 2020. Subsequently, a message from the main Vienna-based UN Organizations stated that all personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or elsewhere in Austria are required to adhere to the Austrian Government’s extended measures.
VIC personnel working remotely are required to continue to do so until Thursday 30 April. Personnel are instructed to stay home unless approved to come to the VIC to carry out critical tasks. These requirements will be reviewed as necessary.
The message from the main Vienna-based UN Organizations states that the COVID-19 curve is beginning to flatten but the pandemic is far from over, and reiterates that VIC personnel have a vital role to play in supporting the Host Country’s efforts.
In his televised news conference, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the following outline of how measures would start to be eased, but only if everyone continued to comply fully with the measures. He said the Easter period would be decisive, and said he would hit the stop button on relaxing the measures if necessary and even consider tightening the measures.
- Small shops (up to 400 square metres) to open from 14 April.
- All shops, shopping centres and hairdressers to open from 1 May. Masks to be worn and the number of people allowed in those premises to be controlled.
- Other areas such as hotels and restaurants, bars and cafes to follow in mid-May.
- No public events to be held before the end of June. The rules for the summer would be decided at the end of April.
- School leaving exams will take place under special conditions.
- Schools will remain closed until mid-May but in-school care for those who parents have no other option will continue to be available. To be reviewed at the end of April.
- Universities will remain online for this semester.
- From next week, the rule on the compulsory wearing of masks in supermarkets and drugstores will be extended to public transport and then also to other shops as they open. It would be up to individual businesses and offices to decide on whether masks should be worn at work.
The Austrian authorities reported that, as 18.00 on 6 April, 12,267 people had tested positive with COVID-19 in Austria. The number of people who have recovered is 3,463. The death toll stands at 220. There have been 111,296 tests.
The cumulative total of positive cases among the VIC community is 10. The number of VIC personnel working remotely or otherwise at home now routinely exceeds 97 percent. UN Security personnel are now wearing face masks at the VIC, in line with Austrian police rules.
There is a dashboard available (in German) reflecting the latest data on COVID-19, updated frequently.
Please find update from 1 April 2020 here.
Please find update from 20 March 2020 here.
Please find update from 16 March 2020 here.
Please find update from 13 March 2020 here.
Please find update from 12 March 2020 here.