Austria reopens small shops and parks as coronavirus lockdown is relaxed


Country takes first steps towards normality but citizens must still abide by strict distancing measures

Austria has taken the first steps back towards normality, with the government allowing a relaxation of the measures taken to slow down the spread of coronavirus. Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz , told the nation it was the equivalent of a “resurrection”, referring to the Easter celebrations at the weekend.

Small shops, public parks, and DIY and gardening centres were given permission to open on Tuesday morning after being closed for almost a month, as the country looks to gradually open up the rest of the economy. But Austrians have to abide by strict distancing measures as well as wearing masks.

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