In the Austrian capital, for example, already on Friday, may 15, will begin to open museums. The first will be opened the museums of the former Imperial Hofburg Palace, Museum of folk art and the Lower Belvedere. It will be followed by the Museum of municipal engineering in 1919-1934 was the period known as Red Vienna and the Museum of natural history. Several important museums, including the art Museum, Austria Museum of art history and Leopold Museum and the Albertina opens in late may and early June. Since may 27, for the first time open its doors to a new Museum Albertina Modern – just on the day of its scheduled opening on March 12 in Austria imposed a quarantine, and the audience had yet to see an ambitious new project in the field of contemporary art, which was prepared several years and cost tens of millions of euros. Some museums have postponed their resumption: Upper Belvedere opens July 1, and the Imperial Treasury – only 2 of September.
But equally important, as it will be possible to visit museums in postcoronary situation. Under the new rules, all will be required to wear in the premises of the mask. While visitors will be allowed a maximum of one person to every ten square metres of space – not a specific hall and all exhibition areas, stairs and corridors of the Museum as a whole. And the distance between people – at least one metre. Each Museum will be to elect a method of controlling the execution of these rules. Will enter timeslot – as it did in past years for “blockbuster” exhibitions or Brueghel, Caravaggio and Bernini, somewhere will be applied other ways. Can be field trips, and classes in Museum halls, on condition that the participants, including the guide or teacher, not more than 10, and all follow the rules of mask and the distance of 1 meter.
Announcing on Tuesday those conditions, the Secretary of state of Austria for culture Ulrike Lunacek said that she is already working jointly with the Ministry of health, on a plan for the gradual abolition of the ban cultural events and will try to announce it this week. The Minister of health Rudolf Unsober until said solution for small and medium-sized theatres, and summer outdoor events will be announced until may 29.
Some indication of what might be the conditions for opening of theatres and concert halls, came this week from Germany, where a music festival in Wiesbaden announced, apparently first in Europe, “surrogate program” in the new environment from 18 may to 6 June. Program with the participation of such famous singers as Florian bösch, Gunther Groesbeck, Andreas Sager and rené Pape, will take place in an environment that was previously hard to imagine music lovers. In the great hall of the State theatre of the earth Hesse, in which 1041 is usually a place to sit a maximum of 200 people. In the small hall for 328 seats 60 people, according to the website of the theater. Tickets will be sold via a number, indicating just the series number. Specific location the students will be determined at the theater, while sitting in the neighboring seats will be possible only living together, and the rest – to sit through 3 places from each other. All participants have to be masked, and the purchase of tickets to write their full names, addresses and phone numbers – probably to make it easy to keep track of everyone in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus. The foyer is lined for the location 1.5 meters from each other, and they will be installed sanitizer. The toilets will have to go one by one, canteen inside the theatre closes, but instead will be organized buffet on the street. Closet will also be closed, but promised some other places where you can leave your coats.
In Austria until the government came under fire of criticism from cultural figures and public organizations for the lack of a clear exit plan from the crisis and unwillingness to compromise in the same way as is done in other industries – for example, with cafes and restaurants that open may 15. So, the opening of museums although it was announced, but until recent days, remained prohibited by applicable ordinances. Many strange and permission to hold rehearsals in groups of 10 people in masks and at a distance of two meters from each other. The Union of Amateur brass bands, obediently more than 150 thousand lovers of this truly national in Austria art, addressed a protest concerning the curious “permission” to conduct rehearsals for wind instruments in masks. Theaters also it is not clear how to rehearse in such conditions. Some – as, for example, the Union of film makers – are demanding the resignation of the Secretary of state for culture Lunacek, arguing that it can not cope with their responsibilities in a crisis situation. The Governor of the Federal state lower Austria Johann Mikl-Leitner appealed to the Lunacek with a letter, demanding a clearer exit strategy from the crisis and more serious measures for financial support fall into a deep crisis of culture. “First of all, for affected it is important to them did not behave as with asylum, and talked on equal terms…in all the debate accorded the status they deserve as the representatives of the country’s culture of Austria”, quoted by the newspaper “Kurir” a letter from the Governor to the Secretary of state for culture.
the health Minister said that many of the decisions in the field of culture – for example, for film production or for choirs, to find easy. “However, we can handle it. My goal is to ensure that during the summer small and medium-sized cultural events, where people sit and where to keep distance, have become possible. We’re working on it”, said the head of Ministry of health of Unsober, stressing that the priority is people’s health.
Meanwhile, the main summer event in the cultural life of Austria – the Salzburg festival, which this year ispolnyaetsya 100 years old, remains in question. Unlike most other summer festivals, it is not yet cancelled and the organizers took a break until may 30 to announce the revised plans. Apparently, this was the date of the Ministry of health and culture are preparing their new rules.