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Weekly update: Austrian government introduces rescue package for workers

Updated: Apr 13, 2020


Self-employed workers and small businesses forced to interrupt their activities due to the national lockdown are now able receive up to €6,000 for three months through the government’s new rescue package.

Upon the official opening of the application process, last Friday at 5pm, demand was so high that the server of the Chamber of Commerce crashed.

Tyrolean authorities are likely to face legal prosecution after it became known that officials ignored warnings in order to avoid the negative impact of business closures on tourism.400 tourists who contracted the virus while on holiday in the Tyrolean ski resort Ischgl have joined the lawsuit.


The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for literature in German, will not be awarded this year due to the current crisis.


The new Austrian comedy Vier Saiten (‘Four Strings’) recounts the unexpected encounter between the old Viennese musician Karl Michaeli (played by Otto Schenk) and a young Syrian refugee. Available now on the ORF-Mediathek.

Four strings: available to stream now


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