Guided city walks are allowed again in Vienna for groups of up to 100 persons (state on June 19th, 2020), meaning that groups of this size may participate in a guided tour hiking through the streets and squares of Vienna or other outdoor public places in Austria. Indoor tours, such as guided museum visits, are allowed again for smaller groups. Many museums allow tours for groups of up to 10, including the guide, some even for groups of up to 30. People are advised to stay 1 metre apart from each other if they are not from the same household. Should this one-metre distance not be possible, you have to wear a mask protecting your mouth and nose.
You will find detailed and regularly updated information in English on the COVID 19 situation in Vienna and resulting public life rules on the websites of the Vienna Tourist Board and the City of Vienna. Even more details can be found on the website of the Austrian Ministry of Health (alas, in German only). Please find below a condensed compilation of current Coronavirus protection rules relevant for Vienna visits and tourism, corresponding to the state of knowledge on June 19th, 2020:
- The one-metre minimum distance rule still applies between people who don’t live in the same household.
- To wear a face mask protecting mouth and nase is mandatory only in
- public transport and taxis,
- pharmacies and health care institutions
- and services where the one-metre distance cannot be maintained.
- Guests can once again spend the night in one of Vienna’s many hotels, as hotels are open again. You do not have to wear a mouth and nose protector at all times, only when you can keep the one-metre distance.
- Shops are open again.
- Public transport in Vienna is NOTrestricted. Masks are compulsory in all public transport, including taxis and transport service providers.
- Restaurants, bars and coffee houses are open between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Only waiters and service personnel have to wear a mouth and nose protector. It is recommended to reserve tables in advance.
- Many sights and museums are open to public again.
- The Vienna parks, playgrounds and the Federal Gardens(e.g.Schönbrunn Palace Park, Burggarten, and the Belvedere Garden) are open.
- Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms, public pools and some cinemas are open again.
- Indoor and outdoor events for up to 100 people are allowed since the end of May 2020. As of July 1st, 2020, indoor events with up to 250 people and outdoor events for up to 500 people are allowed. The number of persons allowed to attend indoor events is expected to rise to up to 500 people and for outdoor events up to 750 people by August 1st, 2020.
- Currently, very little free parking is to be found within the city limits, as the rules for Vienna’s short term parking zones are effective again.