Austria will tighten measures on wearing masks and social distancing at public events and restaurants from Monday, in response to the increase in the spread of coronavirus infection in the country, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday.
Wearing masks will be mandatory from Mondays in shops, public transportation and schools outside classrooms, he said. Private events will be limited to 50 participants indoors and 100 outdoors, while professionally organized seating events will be able to accommodate 1,500 people inside and 3,000 outside.
The daily number of those infected has been rising since late June, rising to 644 on Thursday, the highest number since the end of March, when the initial increase in the number of those infected was declining due to national quarantine.
"Especially because the summer has gone well and people can't believe the numbers are rising again, I urge all of us to take the situation seriously," Kurz told a news conference.