Lockdown has had clear effects and now Austria is gradually easing restrictions. Middle of May, restaurants will be allowed to open again. The damage to the economy is quite extensive and some experts believe that about 20 to 30% of restaurants in Vienna will go out of business. How much can the Austrian government help to rise again…? Also there is talk of a second wave of infections… I cannot do anything against it but I want to try to protect myself as best as I can.
Starting this week on Tuesday(April 14th) all parks in Vienna opened their gates. For one month we could not enter Burggarten but today how happy we are to be there! But inside we must also keep distance from one another.
Finally some fountains in the city of Vienna have been turned on! Because the “lockdown” has produced a favourabale result, starting Tuesday there will be a slight easing of restrictions. All the parks will be opened. I look forward to it!
Tomorrow will be the end of the third week of lockdown in Austria. The Austrian government changed course. Until recently it was forbidden to wear masks in public. Starting next Monday (April 6th) however, it is allowed to wear masks. At the entrance to supermarkets, masks are handed out and I received one. Surely my mother would be content seeing me wearing a mask since she always used to recommend it. Austria will domestically produce masks of high quality for medical staff. Right now the government is looking for experienced seamstresses to help with the production. Also they will produce mask cleaning devices domestically.
Although Austria makes a big effort for masks something unbelievable happened in Vienna. Someone robbed a bank and a customer whol tried to run away was shot and heavily injured. The robber fled the crime scene by bicycle. There were witnesses but because he was wearing a mask, he could not be visually identified. People live with restrictions and frustration because of Coronavirus and such a criminal act is terrible. Today, one day later, I still have not heard whether the perpetrator has been apprehended or not. I hope there will never be a bank robbery again.