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COVID-19 GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FEEL ILL?

If at any time you, a member of your party or child feel ill, please stay in your room until you have been formally assessed. Do not visit any dining facilities or attractions, and do not ski or carry out any other sports activities. Please inform your accommodation provider about your symptoms immediately.

Should you, a member of your party or child suffer from symptoms of coronavirus (fever, dry cough, aching limbs, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell) please dial 1450, the Austrian health advice hotline, in order to have the symptoms further assessed.

 

CORONA TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM

The four-stage Corona Traffic Light System, which has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, is operative with immediate effect. It enables the risk situation in individual areas to be assessed at a glance. The Traffic Light map can be found (in German) on the Corona Traffic Light homepage of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health. The webpage also includes guidelines that correspond to the different levels of risk under the Traffic Light system, and include appropriate preventative measures for all economic sectors, including the tourism and leisure industry.

The following criteria are used for classification:

  • The proportion of positive tests per area and development of case numbers
  • Cluster analysis
  • Number of available hospital beds and intensive care capacity. It is the responsibility of a special coronavirus commission that meets one day a week to evaluate and update the criteria. The commission assigns the following colours or risk levels, which are based on the current epidemiological situation, to the nation as a whole and to each individual state and district:
  • Red: very high risk. Numerous acute outbreaks, widespread distribution of the virus
  • Orange: high risk. High accumulation of cases, no longer attributable to individual clusters
  • Yellow: intermediate risk. Moderate accumulation of cases that can be traced back to their origin and distribution (mainly in clusters)
  • Green: low risk. Individual cases, isolated clusters

The legal basis for the implementation of the Corona Traffic Light System has been developed as part of an amendment to the Austrian Epidemics Act and COVID Measures Act. The stipulations of the most recent version of the “Covid-19-Lockerungsverordnung” (regulations to ease restrictions) remain valid until further notice for the tourism, leisure and gastronomic industries.

More information on the Corona Traffic Light System and the classification of individual areas throughout all of Austria can be found (in German) on the Corona Traffic Light homepage and in the FAQs of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health. Click here for SalzburgerLand’s Corona Traffic Light System (German only).

WHERE MUST A FACE COVERING BE WORN?

From 21st September, it is mandatory to wear a protective face covering in the following settings/situations:

  • In every shop or store
  • In the service sector, including in all public areas within an accommodation establishment
  • In schools outside of the classroom
  • In government agencies where there is customer contact
  • Employees and guests must wear them in hospitality venues, apart from when the diner is seated at the table
  • In markets and at trade fairs, both indoors and outdoors
  • On all public transport and in taxis – and also in cable cars, funicular railways, travel coaches and when indoors on a sightseeing boat
  • In pharmacies, care homes, hospitals and health resorts and at locations where health and care services are provided
  • At demonstrations when a distance of at least one metre cannot be adhered to
  • At all events, regardless of wether they are indoors or outdoors

Exemptions
Children below the age of seven are exempt, as are individuals who are unable to wear a face covering for health-related reasons.
Special regulations and safety measures apply for events.

WHERE CAN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRIA AND SALZBURGERLAND BE FOUND?

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Health has information on its official coronavirus information page about the current situation in Austria, as has the Federal Ministry of Tourism (German only). The Austrian National Tourist Office also has the most important information displayed on their website in a clear manner.

Regional information about Salzburg State can be found on Salzburg State’s coronavirus information page (German only).

WHAT MEASURES WILL APPLY FROM FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER?

From 23rd October events and private gatherings will only be permitted throughout Austria, if the following conditions are met:

  • Without assigned seats only 6 people indoors and 12 people outdoors may come together
  • Events with more people are only allowed to take place with assigned seats and they must be reported to the health authority
  • There is an authorization requirement for officially approved concepts for more than 250 people
  • Food and drinks at events are prohibited – except for all-day-training and further education

 

HOW CAN I RECOGNISE SYMPTOMS OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION?

Coronavirus infections often cause mild symptoms of a common cold. Common signs of infection include, amongst others: a fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, however, the infection can also lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT I HAVE THE VIRUS?

If you suspect you have the virus, please contact the Austria-wide health advice hotline by telephone only on the number 1450 immediately. It is imperative to avoid public spaces. Don’t visit the doctor’s surgery and don’t use public transport.

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