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Vienna ensures hygiene and a considerate approach

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, cleanliness, safety, and social harmony have become even more important. Vienna can claim not only to have propagated these three aspects on paper even before the virus epidemic broke out but also to have implemented them in everyday life. It is no accident that the federal capital has regularly found itself at the top of various rankings for many years. That applies in particular, but not only, in the category "world's most livable city".

According to a survey recently published by the magazine "Forbes", Austria, and thus Vienna, is one of the safest destinations, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The report is based on a worldwide study of the Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of companies and charitable organizations. Among the 200 analyzed countries, regions, and territories, Austria comes in sixth place, just behind Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Singapore, and Japan.

A decision-making tool based on rankings

Publicly accessible data and a comparison of 130 different criteria were used for the ranking. Particular attention was paid to the health system. Also investigated was how the monitoring and detection of people infected with coronavirus is done, how the efficiency of the quarantine conditions is determined, and how the government's risk management system functions. The countries at the top of the list are noted, for example, for having critical infrastructure that proved extremely resilient during lockdown. According to the 250-page study, another feature is the cautious manner in which the countries tried to ease the lockdown measures and the economic shock-induced paralysis in a scientifically based way without sacrificing public health and safety.

It is therefore hardly surprising that Vienna came through the coronavirus crisis comparatively well. Supporting measures, such as the requirement to continue wearing face coverings, e.g. when using public transport, and generally heeding the requirements on social distancing, permit a degree of freedom that is virtually impossible anywhere else.

If you're still debating where to go this summer, you'll find a decision-making tool in "European Best Destinations". The travel portal has also just recently published a list of the 20 safest destinations in Europe. In this context, safe means that the destination is the least affected by COVID-19, has taken sufficient safety measures, and has a suitable health infrastructure. Vienna is one of few cities to have made it onto this list.

No ghettos in the city

Vienna is visited all year round by travelers "who are looking for a safe and peaceful travel destination", is how the authors justify the top ranking for the federal capital. The subjective feeling of safety is confirmed by hard figures. "The crime rate is three times lower than in all other European capitals. With its many parks and environmentally friendly transport, Vienna is one of the cities with the best quality of life in Europe," is the recommendation of European Best Destinations 2020. Even strolling on Vienna's streets late in the evening isn't a test of courage and can be done without risk.

The goal of the Vienna provincial government for 100 years has been to avoid any social differences between the districts. A reflection of this decades-old policy is the social housing building, which can be found in all districts. Nowhere else in Europe are there as many residential units constructed with public money as there are in Vienna. This prevents socially disadvantaged people being pushed to the edge of the city or to less popular areas in the city because they are unable to afford more central locations. On the other hand, the city also tries to get well-to-do people interested in less popular areas through city renewal projects.

Cleaning by day and by night

The fact that the streets and parks are clean is thanks to the city administration department for Waste Management, Street Cleaning and Fleets, MA 48. In one year, the city's own operations complete 120,000 truck journeys. That's equivalent to a column of vehicles stretching from Vienna to Hamburg. And journeys totaling nearly nine million kilometers. Up to 265 vehicles hit the streets daily to collect the trash from local residents. Around 20 street sweeping machines set their brushes spinning for a clean Vienna. The street washing machines ensure hygienic conditions and remove the dust from the asphalt, which is unbelievably important, not only in times of coronavirus.

Safe in the hotel

In order to make a stay in one of Vienna's many hotels as safe as possible, the Vienna Economic Chambers and the Vienna Tourist Board have worked together to develop the "Safe Stay" safety seal in order to support the accommodation providers with the implementation of high safety and quality standards. An in-house COVID-19 officer and regular testing employees are just two of the measures. An all-round carefree package that ensures you can really relax in the designated hotels across the city (look out for the poster at the hotel entrance!).

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