VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria is responding to an increase in coronavirus infections by making face-masks compulsory in more places including all shops and school corridors, and limiting the size of private events indoors to 50 people, the government said on Friday.
The Alpine nation quickly brought its first wave of infections under control with an early lockdown in mid-March that it began lifting a month later. However, daily cases have been rising since late June and hit their highest level since late March on Thursday.
“It is getting serious again. The numbers have kept rising in recent weeks,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a conservative governing with the Greens, told a news conference outlining the new measures. “I ask you to be more careful again.”
Face masks, currently required on public transport and in shops considered essential such as supermarkets and post offices, will have to be worn in all shops and