Austrian Government to Allow Orchestras to Start Rehearsing on June 1

By David Salazar

Austria’s Minister of Culture has announced that starting on June 1, the country will start lifting some of the social distancing restrictions. Among those changes will be allowing orchestras to start rehearsing once again.

Per reports, these new permissions also extend to others musicians and dancers, enabling them to slowly restart their professional lives. However, the guidelines do emphasize that groups should include a reduced number of participants, even suggesting that a choreographer work with only one singer at a time.

The announcement did not make mention of when concert halls or opera houses would be opening.

The Minister also announced that it has already paid more than 400,000 euros out of a proposed 5 million to help artists during these challenging times.

Austria has over 14,800 reported cases of coronavirus with over 450 deaths. However, close to 11,000 have recovered.