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Austria: Innsbruck residents react after Tyrol COVID-19 quarantine lifted01:29

Austria: Innsbruck residents react after Tyrol COVID-19 quarantine lifted

Austria, Innsbruck
April 07, 2020 at 11:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Innsbruck reacted on Tuesday after the COVID-19 quarantine order placed on the Tyrol region was lifted, with inhabitants now subject to the looser lockdown conditions imposed by the Austrian federal government.

"I not sure whether the restrictions have been removed too early. I think loosening the lockdown is a step towards the economy," said Kleo Werner, an Innsbruck resident.

He continued: "The whole situation affected me as well as I have a small business. But I think it's too early for being too optimistic."

"I feel relatively safe. I put on a mask when I go to a shop but it doesn't make sense to wear it outdoors," added another resident, Raggl Bernhard.

The mountainous state of Tyrol was the first area to report coronavirus infections in Austria, and rapidly became the hardest-hit region in the country.

State authorities issued a quarantine order, banning outdoor exercise and ordering people to stay home on March 19, measures even stricter than those announced by the Austrian government for the rest of the country days earlier.

On Monday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced plans to ease the national coronavirus restrictions.

All non-essential shops of less than 400 square meters are allowed to reopen starting from April 14, with all shops and malls to follow on May 1, according to the official. Schools will stay closed until mid-May with all public events banned until June.

Austria: Innsbruck residents react after Tyrol COVID-19 quarantine lifted01:29
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Residents of Innsbruck reacted on Tuesday after the COVID-19 quarantine order placed on the Tyrol region was lifted, with inhabitants now subject to the looser lockdown conditions imposed by the Austrian federal government.

"I not sure whether the restrictions have been removed too early. I think loosening the lockdown is a step towards the economy," said Kleo Werner, an Innsbruck resident.

He continued: "The whole situation affected me as well as I have a small business. But I think it's too early for being too optimistic."

"I feel relatively safe. I put on a mask when I go to a shop but it doesn't make sense to wear it outdoors," added another resident, Raggl Bernhard.

The mountainous state of Tyrol was the first area to report coronavirus infections in Austria, and rapidly became the hardest-hit region in the country.

State authorities issued a quarantine order, banning outdoor exercise and ordering people to stay home on March 19, measures even stricter than those announced by the Austrian government for the rest of the country days earlier.

On Monday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced plans to ease the national coronavirus restrictions.

All non-essential shops of less than 400 square meters are allowed to reopen starting from April 14, with all shops and malls to follow on May 1, according to the official. Schools will stay closed until mid-May with all public events banned until June.

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