Today in Austria: A round up of the latest news on Friday

Runners jog in a garden of Schönbrunn palace in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
Runners jog in a garden of Schönbrunn palace in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
Find out what's going on on Friday in Austria with The Local's short roundup of the news.

Vienna to open up on May 19th 

Vienna will join with the rest of Austria and open its indoor and outdoor restaurants, hotels, culture, sports, and swimming pools on May 19th, Mayor Ludwig announced on Thursday.

READ MORE: Vienna to open restaurants, hotels and events on May 19th

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig said on Thursday that the state was taking a risk in reopening, but was doing so with full confidence in its testing regime. 

“On May 19th, we will reopen the cultural institutions in Vienna that are particularly close to my heart and also reopen the sports facilities in accordance with federal guidelines, as well as the hotel and catering trade,” Ludwig said. 

Ludwig urged Viennese to proceed with caution, but said the city-state had adopted the “gold standard” in testing in order to identify and isolate the spread of the virus. 

In addition to restaurants, hotels, sports facilities and cultural establishments opening up again on May 19th, face-to-face lessons will also start up again at schools in Vienna on May 17th. 

Law passed giving vaccinated people freedom from testing

The Austrian Federal Council has passed a law boosting the rights of fully vaccinated people, giving them the same freedoms as those who can show a negative test result or prove that they have been cured.

The law relieves fully vaccinated people from mandatory testing to gain access to various events and venues.

Paper, plastic or digital: How will Austria’s coronavirus immunity card work?

Castle owned by bear-shooting prince given hundreds of one star Google ratings

The Riegersburg hilltop castle in Styria saw its Google rating plummet yesterday after hundreds of people expressed their outrage, after its owner, Prince Emanuel from Liechtenstein, shot dead a brown bear called Arthur in Romania.

The destination suddenly received many one star rates, with the comment “for Arthur, from Romania”, broadcaster ORF reports. 

Ibiza inquiry continues

The Constitutional Court asked President Van der Bellen on May 6th to officially require Finance Minister Blümel to hand over evidence that had been requested by the parliamentary inquiry into the Ibiza scandal. Blümel responded immediately by sending the evidence to the inquiry before Van der Bellen could sign the order to disclose, the newspaper Die Presse reported.

 READ MORE: What you need to know about Austria’s Ibiza-gate video

Summer weather predicted for Mother’s Day

After an unusually cold April, bright sunshine and summer temperatures are predicted for parts of Austria, with lovely weather forecast for Mother’s Day on Sunday according to broadcaster ORF. On Saturday morning, however, it will be slightly frosty in some Alpine valleys.

In the afternoon, temperatures should be over 20 degrees in western Austria. Low winds will mean good conditions for cycling.

On Sunday it will be much warmer, with temperatures reaching 28 or 29 degrees in the Inn Valley, the Salzburger region and Upper Austria as well as  western Lower Austria.

It will be cooler in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, due to a brisk wind, though temperatures will reach 20 to 24 degrees in eastern Austria and there will be lots of sunshine. 

Seven day incidence at 124

The seven-day incidence in Austria, or  the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 124, according to the AGES database.

The number is still highest in Vorarlberg (198.7) – the value is below 100 in Burgenland (71.3) and in Lower Austria (78.7).

People aged 30 and older can register for vaccination appointment in Lower Austria

Starting today, people aged 30 and over can register for a coronavirus vaccination in Lower Austria. 

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