VIENNA – New coronavirus recommendations

Austria’s government presented on Wednesday (2 September) a new set of coronavirus recommendations as an alternative to implementing new restrictions.

While most of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Rudolf Anschober’s (Green) advice was largely consistent with previous announcements urging everyone to wear masks in indoor public spaces and maintain their distances, the government is now recommending private gatherings be limited to 25 people.

Austria’s opposition was critical of what they called “show politics.” “A long list of recommendations for the population – why do the chancellor and three ministers have to appear for this?” wondered social democrat health spokesperson, Philip Kucher (SPÖ).

(Sarah Lawton |

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