Austria Shuts Down Opera Houses, Theatres & Concert Halls

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Christian Thür)

The Austrian government has decided to implement a second lockdown in a bid to stop the fast spreading second wave of COVID-19.

Per sources at oe24, opera houses, theatres, and concert halls will be closed for the period of four weeks, starting Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020. Sporting events will only be allowed without public. Private contact sports will also be forbidden.

The government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has also decided to shut down restaurants and bars for a period of four weeks. Hotels will also be closed. Schools and kindergartens will remain open.

The government will also apply a light overnight curfew, between 8PM and 6AM the following day. Citizens will be allowed to exit their homes only to cover their basic needs, for professional purposes, and for physical and mental recovery.

Austria is undergoing a fierce second COVID-19 wave, with the peak of new daily infections reaching 5,627 new cases on Oct. 30, 2020.