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Austrian authorities say they plan to ease coronavirus restrictions next month

VIENNA — Austria plans to ease coronavirus restrictions in February, government officials announced on Saturday.

From February 5, restaurants will be allowed to remain open until midnight, instead of 10 p.m., Chancellor Karl Nehammer told a press conference on Saturday.

In addition, rules effectively barring unvaccinated people from stores and restaurants will be phased out. From February 12, proof of vaccination or recovery will no longer be required to enter stores. A week later, on February 19, entry to restaurants will be allowed for anyone who can prove vaccination, recovery or a negative coronavirus test.

Nehammer also said last week that lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people, which have been in place since November, will end on Monday.

The new eased restrictions were announced just days before the country’s national vaccination mandate, the first of its kind in Europe, comes into effect on February 1.

Still, Nehammer said, the current low rate of hospitalized patients due to the virus means further steps towards normality are possible. Officials said they expect the omicron wave to peak in the first week of February.

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