All Austrian citizens face tightened restrictions from Monday after officials first proposed limiting the lockdown to those refusing vaccinations.
Despite protests against the measures, people are being told to work from home and non-essential shops are now closed in what is the central European nation’s fourth lockdown.
The fresh clampdown comes after protests in Belgium and the Netherlands descended into violence. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels on Sunday.
The second night of rioting broke out in the Netherlands on Saturday. An emergency order was issued in the Hague where police used horses, dogs, and batons to chase the crowds away.
Denmark, Croatia, Italy, and Switzerland have also seen protests.
The World Health Organisation warned that Europe could see 500,000 more deaths by next spring if vaccines programs aren’t progressed and restrictions such as face masks and Covid passes aren’t brought in.