Austrian Authorities Will Open Thousands Of Small Stores Amid The Isolation Regime
Austrian authorities have decided to open thousands of small stores to ease previously imposed restrictions that were intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to an order from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, entrepreneurs are allowed to open retail outlets with an area of less than 400 square meters, as well as hardware stores and garden centers from Tuesday.
Large stores, shopping centers, and hairdressers should be open in the country from the first of May, and restaurants and hotels only from the middle of May, and only if the pandemic goes to a sharp decline. At the same time, strict rules of social distance remain in force, and citizens of the country are strongly encouraged to stay at home.
Austria was one of the first European countries to introduce strict isolation measures after neighboring Italy about a month ago, the BBC said. As a result, the authorities managed to minimize the outbreak of the pandemic. As of Monday, about 14 thousand cases of coronavirus infection and 368 deaths were registered in Austria.
Some other European countries are also easing restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. For example, the Spanish authorities have allowed some citizens to return to work, and Denmark is opening schools for young children. Italy - the most affected country in Europe with more than 20,000 deaths-will allow a narrow circle of firms to resume work on Tuesday.
However, French President Emmanuel Macron extended the isolation of citizens for another four weeks until May 11. In a televised address, he said that current restrictions have slowed the spread of the virus, but have not defeated it. For his part, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreus, Director General of the world health organization, warned that easing restrictions too quickly "could lead to a resurgence of the deadly virus."