Austria becomes the first European country to announce plans to lift its lockdown

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wearing a face mask during a session of the parliament at the temporary parliament building at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

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Austria plans to reopen smaller shops from next week in its first step to loosen a lockdown that has slowed the spread of the coronavirus, as long as the public continue to observe the lockdown broadly, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.

Kurz told a news conference that since Austria had acted earlier than most countries, that gave it the ability to reopen shops sooner as well.

If all goes well, it will reopen non-essential shops of less than 400 square metres and DIY shops on April 14, followed by all shops and malls on May 1, he said.


Via Reuters

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