March 30, 2020 / 10:38 AM / 2 months ago

Austria to ban tourist stays at hotels to stem coronavirus spread

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past an almost empty train station, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-10) outbreak, in Vienna, Austria March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is banning the use of hotels for tourism as part of wide-ranging efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus with Easter holidays approaching, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Monday.

“A third point are hotels, with regard to the Easter holidays ... We want to stop the touristic use of hotels for this phase,” Anschober told a government news conference.

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Catherine Evans

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