The Austrian gastronomy sector has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown. Since March 17, 2020, all restaurants have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the gradual lifting of the lockdown measures, gastronomy operations (i.e. restaurants) are allowed to re-open their businesses as of March 15, 2020. The Austrian gastronomy package is part of the existing Corona Aid Fund and is endowed with € 500 million ($ 540 million). The aid is intended to relieve the burden on the Covid-19 impacted restaurants and to boost consumption.