We are pleased that you are interested in a winter holiday in Vorarlberg! Your pleasant and above all safe stay in our state is very important to us. Like all countries, Austria’s goal is to contain the renewed spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as quickly and effectively as possible. The Austrian government has therefore imposed a lockdown. Ski resorts are open. Accommodation facilities are closed till April. Gastronomy may open in Vorarlberg from march 15. As in spring and summer 2020, these comprehensive measures are intended to reduce the spread and thus keep the risk of infection to a minimum. Thanks to the “Winterkodex Vorarlberg,” which contains extensive safety measures, the prospects are promising.
The valid measures can be found here:
Accomodation & Gastronomy
- Gastronomy establishments may open in Vorarlberg from march 15.
- Picking up food is possible between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.
- Delivery services are still permitted without time restrictions.
- Company restaurants and canteens for company employees as well as gastronomy businesses in hospitals and health resorts, nursing homes for the elderly and homes for the disabled are excluded from the restrictions.
- Accommodation establishments are closed till beginning of April 2021. This does not apply to accommodation for professional purposes (business travellers). The prohibition for gastronomy in accommodation establishments does not apply if food and drinks are served exclusively to guests being accommodated.
- Animal parks, zoos and botanical gardens are open from 8 February on. Other leisure facilities are closed, including, in particular, cinemas, concert halls, theatres, recreational and amusement parks, fitness centres, spas, saunas, casinos, indoor playgrounds, museum trains remain closed.
- Cable cars are in operation from 24 December 2020 on.
- From 8 February on museums, art halls, cultural exhibition houses, libraries, libraries and archives are open to the public.
- Events, gatherings and activities are prohibited, including cultural events, sporting events, weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, film screenings, coach and boat trips for tourist purposes, exhibitions, congresses, trade and public fairs and impromptu markets.
- Professional meetings, funerals with a maximum of 50 people and civil weddings (without guests) are allowed.
- In principle, the following applies: In public places, a distance of two metre must be maintained to all persons who do not live in same own household. When meeting in closed rooms, keep a distance of one metre to others and wear a FFP”-mask.
- For the time being a curfew is in effect from 8 pm to 6 am.
Exceptions include work and physical and mental recuperation (e.g. walks, jogging, etc.), meeting one’s basic needs (including meeting living needs (e.g. secondary residences), contact with a partner not living in the same household, the exercise of religious activities (such as visits to cemeteries, individual visits to churches and places of worship), basic care for pets. All doctors visits (even for non-acute reasons) as well as family obligations and the provision of care and assistance are allowed.
Where are masks required?
- FFP2-masks must be worn in public transport (also in the access areas – railway stations, bus stops) and in all shops.
- In the ski resorts: here you will find further information.
- Furthermore, FFP2-masks are compulsory in all public closed spaces.
- At outdoor weekly markets.