Austria is seeing more tourists again, people are crowding in front of the bars in some resorts - and there is growing concern about a new Corona hotspot. A federal state now imposes a special mask requirement.
Après-ski, crowds, tourists from different countries in a confined space: In February and March the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl became a hotspot for the European corona infection scene. The government in Vienna finally reacted to the increasing number of cases in the country with restrictions, closed restaurants and shops, introduced a mandatory mask - and eased the measures again after the number of infections had dropped.
Now, in view of the increasing number of visitors, there is growing concern that the virus could spread again. The federal state of Carinthia, which is popular with holidaymakers, has announced that it will in future be required to wear an evening mask in tourism hotspots. In heavily frequented places such as Velden or Lake Wörthersee, mouth and nose protection must be worn every night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
"Velden should not become summer Ischgl," tourism minister Sebastian Schuschnig (ÖVP) told the media. The state government announced that the regulation was still being worked out and should come into force on Friday.