Weather and walks
During the war the authorities tried to control the movement of people in the city streets. The Russian occupation troops set the curfew restrictions in Lviv from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and intensified control over registration in hotels. After the Austrian army returned to the city, those restrictions were not cancelled. Special passes were necessary to go around the city after 11 p.m. Police was arranging regular raids of passers-by and café visitors who were demanded to show their identity cards. In order to leave the city during the epidemics, civil residents had to undergo a medical examination and to register a certificate; but such decision was not valid for the military.
Under the influence of a complicated political and economic situation people became more sensitive to deterioration of weather conditions in the city. Frosty winter caused cold in the apartments, which lacked wood and coal for heating purposes. The bad work of city utility services led to a “catastrophe” in the city streets: people “sank” in the mixture of mud and snow, and there was no one to clean the streets and to take them away on a timely basis. In summer Lvivites were also frustrated with bad weather: drought or durable showers could destroy the harvest and lead to a winter of starvation. In good days and on holidays Lvivites went for walks in order to come to know the news and get distracted from sad thoughts.