Covid rapid test center set up at Vienna’s historic Schoenbrunn Palace

Vienna, Feb 4 (EFE).- The area around the historic Schoenbrunn Palace has been converted into Vienna’s sixth Covid-19 rapid testing center, with a capacity of 200,000 coronavirus tests per day.

The tests at Schoenbrunn, which are free of charge, can be performed in two ways: on foot in a pavilion attached to the complex, or by car, by driving to one of the tents set up in the parking lot in front of the Palace.

From Monday, people working in various service jobs, such as hairdressers, will require a negative test to be able to serve customers. That measure is one of the conditions imposed by the Austrian government to reopen parts of the economy and leisure activities from Monday, as the country is currently in a national lockdown — the third since the pandemic began — to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Despite restrictions in recent months, infection rates remain high, with more than 1,500 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Another sector that will open on Monday will be the museums, including Schoenbrunn Palace itself, which before the pandemic was the most popular tourist attraction in the city, with more than 4 million visitors a year. EFE


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