Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen apologized Sunday for staying in a restaurant beyond 11 p.m., the closing time set by the government in the fight against the coronavirus.
“I went out for the first time since confinement with two friends and my wife,” Van der Bellen wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“We ran out of time while chatting. I am truly sorry. It was a mistake,” he said.
Her tweet linked to an article in the Kurier newspaper that a police patrol found the president and his wife on the terrace of an Italian restaurant in central Vienna shortly after midnight on Saturday.
Austria imposed relatively strict confinement in March to fight the coronavirus, but progressively lifted the restrictions since mid-April due to the low number of cases.
Last week, restaurants and cafes were allowed to reopen, but they have to follow several rules, including closing at 11 at night.
Austria, a country of 8.8 million inhabitants, registered until Sunday 640 deaths out of a total of 16,453 infections.
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