Which Austrian regions have been quarantined due coronavirus infections?

Over the past seven days, stark differences in infection rates have emerged between different states in Austria, with several regions put under isolation measures.

A man carrying out checks in Austria
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Parts of Tyrol have been completely cut off from the outside world and locked down.

A village in Carinthia has a seven day incidence of almost 1,000. Meanwhile, in Vorarlberg, restaurants have opened and indoor events are allowed again.

What is the national situation?

Austria has opened its shops with distance rules and hairdressers, beauticians and tattoo parlours with a test requirement.

People must keep two metres apart in public places unless they live in the same household. 

In public, inside rooms, an FFP2 mask must also be worn, including on public transport and in cultural institutions such as museums, art halls, libraries and zoos, which are also open. 

Exit restrictions apply from 8pm to 6am. Outside this time a maximum of two households may meet with at most four adults and six children who must be supervised. 

Schools and kindergartens are open with testing and mask requirements.

Coronavirus hot spots

However, in some areas of Austria where there has been a rapid increase in coronavirus cases, further lockdown measures have been taken. As a rule of thumb, once the seven-day-incidence rises above 400 people per 100,000 inhabitants for one week, this should trigger further restrictions. 

Tyrol, which is experiencing an outbreak of the South African variant of the coronavirus, is also subject to special restrictions, including when travelling to Bavaria in Germany. 

So which areas of Austria are seeing a fall in cases, and which regions are seeing an increase which puts them in the danger zone? 


Hermagor in Carinthia is currently locked down, and  people are only allowed to leave the district with a recent negative coronavirus test. A 24-hour stay at home order is also imposed.  Since lockdown measures were imposed the 7-day incidence has dropped from 700 to 266 (as of Wednesday). The seven day incidence will have to drop below 200 for the district to reopen, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober has said. 

The  village of Zlan in the municipality of Stockenboi is to be cordoned off from Sunday onwards. Leaving will only possible with a negative test. The village has around 400 inhabitants and a seven-day incidence of almost 1,000.

Lower Austria

Exit controls requiring a recent negative coronavirus test have been in place in the city of Wiener Neustadt since last week. The seven day incidence was at 515 in this area on Thursday.

However the districts of Neunkirchen (452.8) and Wiener Neustadt-Land (449.5) are not yet considered a high incidence area according to Health Minister Rudolf Anschober’s ordinance, as the high numbers have not been in place for seven days. 


In St Johann im Pongau in Salzburg you need a recent negative coronavirus test to leave the municipalities of  Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein and Bad Gastein. In Tamsweg in Salzburg, a test requirement to leave is in place until 24th March.


In Tyrol you need a recent negative PCR or antigen coronavirus test to use cable cars to go skiing. Extra tests and mask requirements are in place for old people and nursing homes. The Tivoli and Greifmarkt markets have been suspended in Innsbruck until 27th March.

There are test requirements in place if you want to leave the  Haiming and Roppen municipalities and Arzl im Pitztal municipality in Imst. The same applies to the municipalities of Matrei in East Tyrol and Virgen 

Since 27th February, people have been required to wear an FFP2 mask outdoors in certain public places in the municipalities of Jenbach, Mayrhofen and Schwaz. 

There are also border restrictions in place for people travelling between Tyrol in Austria and Bavaria in Germany.  However, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday he believed German border controls to Tyrol could end within two weeks, according to the APA agency.

Tyrol was a European hotspot for the South African variant of the coronavirus, but received extra Biontech-Pfizer vaccines from the EU to vaccinate people living in the Schwaz area. The number of active cases of the South African variant has since been reduced from 200 to 60. 


On 19th March stricter measures  involving more testing and stricter quarantine rules were brought in for schools, kindergartens and after-school care groups.

Around 159 teachers and kindergarten teachers fell ill with Covid-19 in Vienna last week, according to ORF Vienna, and the seven-day incidence is highest in the latest AGES figures among 5 to 14-year-olds. The city’s seven day incidence is one of the highest of the federal states in Austria, standing at 276.


Vorarlberg, which has one of the lowest seven day incidences in Austria (59.4)  has opened up its restaurants and pubs for people with a recent negative coronavirus tests.

Distance and mask requirements are in place. A maximum of four adults from two households plus a maximum of six minor children may be seated at each table.

Events for up to 100 people can take place indoors and outdoors with testing and mask requirements in place along with other safety measures.

Sports for children and teenagers up to 18 years can take place inside with testing. Outdoors, 20 people up to the age of 18 and three trainers are permitted to train together.

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Why the statue of a controversial former Vienna mayor will be tilted

Rather than tear it down, or leave it untouched, an expert panel in Vienna has recommended tilting the statue of a controversial former mayor 3.5 degrees to the right.

Why the statue of a controversial former Vienna mayor will be tilted

Karl Lueger was an extremely popular Vienna mayor from 1897 to 1910. Yet, over a hundred years later, he remains a widely discussed figure in Austrian history due to his antisemitic views and politics. Now, an expert committee has proposed tilting his statue as a nod to his controversial legacy.

His time in office came during a Viennese golden age. Karl Lueger brought both fresh running water and gas to the Austrian capital for the first time. While he was mayor, the city saw the heyday of Austrian historical heavyweights like Gustav Mahler, Gustav Klimt, and Sigmund Freund. Under Lueger, the city built the public transport foundations Vienna is still known for today.

But he was also one of the most notorious antisemites in Austrian history. Historians widely agree that his rhetoric against Jewish people was a key inspiration for Adolf Hitler in the decades that followed. In Mein Kampf, Hitler described Lueger as “the most terrific German mayor of all time.”

Lueger is noted to have employed common antisemitic rhetoric to mobilise Vienna’s middle classes into blaming Jews for social problems. He called Jews “specialists in vile profits” and accused them of “expropriation of the indigenous population.”

In recent years, Vienna has struggled to deal with his controversial legacy. In 2012, the city renamed the “Karl Lueger Ring” road to “University Ring,” something the far-right Freedom Party called a “scandal” at the time. In 2021, at a time when crowds in Bristol toppled the statue of British slave trader Edward Colston, Vienna chose to leave Lueger’s four-metre-high bronze statue standing. He also still has a bridge and a square named in his honour.

Rather than tear it down, or leave it untouched, a city expert panel has recommended tilting Lueger’s statue 3.5 degrees to the right, as a way to “contextualize” his legacy.

“With racist rhetoric and populism, Karl Lueger made antisemitism a political program,” a tweet from the City of Vienna noted.

After convening an expert panel of artists and political experts, Vienna went with the tilting proposal from artist Klemens Wihlidal, noting that it would show how Austrian society was breaking away from uncritical praise of the former mayor.

City officials have so far not said precisely when the statue will be changed.

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