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Austria reopens small shops and parks as coronavirus lockdown is relaxed

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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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