(Bloomberg) -- Austria will end a lockdown for unvaccinated people from Jan. 31 after the rate of infected people requiring hospitalization remained low during the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The easing measure, announced by Chancellor Karl Nehammer, coincides with the introduction of mandatory vaccinations next month, with imposition of fines on dissenters beginning in mid-March.

The government will continue to monitor the development of the virus as new cases rise, Nehammer said, adding that a reduction in infections would allow for further easing measures.

People who aren’t inoculated against the virus still won’t be able to enter restaurants or hotels, Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said at the same briefing.

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