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 till 6 December 2020, which also includes the closure of gastronomy and accommodation facilities during this period. As in spring and summer, these comprehensive measures are intended to reduce the spread and thus keep the risk of infection to a minimum. We are hoping for a fresh start in December to kick off a great winter season. Thanks to the “Winterkodex Vorarlberg,” which contains extensive safety measures, the prospects are promising. If you have booked a stay with an accommodation provider in Vorarlberg for November, please contact your host directly regarding cancellations.
The valid measures can be found here:
Accomodation & Gastronomy
- Gastronomy establishments are closed as of 6 December 2020.
- 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. 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.
- Leisure facilities are closed, including, in particular, museums, cinemas, concert halls, theatres, recreational and amusement parks, fitness centres, spas, saunas, casinos, indoor playgrounds, museum trains, zoos and animal parks
- Cable cars and boat trips are not in operation (cable cars may only be used for the purpose of sport training by top athletes, in emergencies, or for professional purposes).
- 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.
- Christmas markets will not take place (nor will other 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 one 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 mask that covers the nose and mouth.
- For the time being a 24-hours curfew is in effect until 6 December.
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?
- A mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn in public transport, also in the access areas (railway stations, bus stops).
- Furthermore, masks are compulsory in all public closed spaces.
- At outdoor weekly markets