Updated December 2nd, 2020: Austria has a selective lockdown that applies through to at least January 6th, 2020. The associated measures are (obviously) designed to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Almost all tourism infrastructure is affected. For example, hotels (unless you’re on undelayable business) cannot accept new guests, while restaurants (except for takeaway and delivery services), bars, concert venues, theatres, Christmas markets, and similar are closed. Most forms of events can no longer take place.
Another significant measure is a temporary 24hr curfew (with some exceptions, such as buying groceries and getting to work that cannot be done at home). This changes to an 8pm to 6am curfew from December 7th, with exclusions for December 24/25/26/31.
Essential retail services remain open and all retail outlets may reopen from December 7th under certain conditions. Museums may also open from that date.
As a private individual, I’m not qualified to offer you travel or medical advice, so check the official tourism website, which has detailed info/updates in English for those planning (or on) a trip to Vienna, with various links to further information of use to travellers and visitors.
Also be sure to check:
- Official event, service & location websites (particularly for info on cancellations, postponements, changed opening times, temporary closures and behavioural requirements)
- Your government’s travel advisory pages (there are, for example, restrictions and requirements concerning entry to certain countries from Austria and vice versa)
Many other restrictions on public life continue through the lockdown. For example, face masks were already required in a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces. This includes on public transport (where it’s always been compulsory of late) but also inside railway and subway stations.
Check official sources for accurate, up-to-date advice and information.