- 'Very confusing ' - The restrictions mirror those in neighbouring Austria, which closed shops, restaurants and festive markets on Monday, the most drastic restrictions seen in Western Europe for months.
Its 8.9 million people are allowed to leave home only to go to work, shop for essentials or exercise. The Alpine nation also plans a vaccine mandate from February 1, one of few places in the world to so far to announce such a move. "Look around you, nobody is here," said Anelia Lyotin, manning a stall in Vienna selling nuts and dried fruit. "This situation now is bad for everyone and the only solution is that everyone gets vaccinated," said the 36-year-old.