The police want to tighten the thumbscrews during controls of the 2G rule that has been in force since Monday. 800 police officers will be called in together with the standby units for the controls in the coming days, as Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) announced on Monday at a joint press conference with the General Director for Public Security, Franz Ruf. “We will significantly increase the control pressure in the next few days,” said Nehammer.
The corona virus is once again confronting the authorities with major challenges. “We have to react,” said Nehammer. The 2G rule applies everywhere in the leisure sector where 3G has previously applied, e.g. for guests in the catering and hotel industry, in the cinema and theater, at the hairdresser and in the fitness studio. If you enter one of these areas without valid 2G proof, you face fines of up to 500 euros. Operators risk up to 30,000 euros if the regulations are not complied with. The forging of the green passport is also a serious offense, it is about forging documents, said Nehammer.
There are already up to 10,000 checks per week by the police in support of the health authorities, said Ruf. In practice, when checking a person, the certificate is checked first and then compared with proof of identity. 500 fakes have already been discovered since March. Criminal investigations are started every time, and the forging of certificates is “not a trivial offense”. If someone is caught with a forged certificate, criminal investigations will be initiated, according to Ruf.
But which rules apply as of Monday in which areas and what exactly do they mean? An overview:
What is 2G?
As for those who have recovered, they must not have recovered more than six months ago. People are considered vaccinated if they were second immunized no more than nine months ago. There is a transition period for spontaneous people. Those who are vaccinated now can also visit 2G areas for four weeks (until December 6th) with a PCR test. But then the second stitch must be made.
Another special rule applies to those who have been immunized with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was originally designed as a single-use vaccine. You have to re-vaccinate by January 2nd, otherwise you will no longer meet 2G from then on. Another special rule is particularly interesting for seasonal workers in tourism. Anyone who already provides evidence of neutralizing antibodies at the time of vaccination (e.g. due to the Sputnik vaccination, which is not valid in the EU), can provide proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (e.g. Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna) from the time of the first vaccination. gain.
Who does 2G apply to?
All persons who have completed compulsory schooling, i.e. older than 15, for whom a regular vaccination option is available, fall under the 2G rules. Exceptions are people for whom a vaccination is impossible for health reasons, as well as children up to twelve completely. For young people up to the age of 15, the so-called ninja pass, which depicts the school tests, is recognized under 2G.
Where does 2G apply?
2G applies wherever 3G used to apply. This means that you can only go to cinemas, theater, concerts, to the hairdresser, to podiatry, to the fitness studio or to sporting events if you have been vaccinated or have recovered. Visits to hospitals and care facilities are only possible if you meet 2G. Exceptions are visits to palliative and hospice medicine or childbirth care, where you can alternatively put on an FFP2 mask.
How does it look in the hotel?
In the hotel industry, 2G actually applies. However, various exceptions have also been defined, which, however, do not apply to classic holidays. But anyone who visits a hotel for professional reasons that cannot be postponed or to satisfy an urgent need for accommodation just needs to be tested.
What applies to staff in restaurants and hotels?
While the guests fall under 2G, the employees in the hotel and catering industry can also submit a test. In sensitive environments such as night gastronomy or large events, a PCR test is at least necessary.
Where else can you get with 3G or without anything?
You can still get tested for work. The less effective antigen tests are also recognized, which is mainly due to the lack of availability in rural regions. A PCR test is valid for 72 hours, an antigen test for 24 hours. The same rules are also provided for competitive athletes, since their place of competition is, so to speak, the place of work.
Get serious with 3G in the workplace on November 15th. Trade and public transport are still open to unvaccinated and not yet sick people.
Where should a mask be put on?
The mask is to be worn (apart from public transport and train stations) in shops as well as in museums and libraries. An FFP2 mask is now a prerequisite throughout the country, as it has been for a long time in Vienna. There is no mask requirement in 2G environments such as inns or hotels.
How do funerals work?
For funerals that take place in closed rooms and in which more than 50 people participate, FFP2 masks apply. On the other hand, there is no FFP2 mask requirement if all those present have a 2-G certificate.
Will something change in schools?
How long should the new rules apply?
An official end is not planned.
Can it be stricter too?
Yes, whether in a hospital, theater or restaurant, every facility can also set more stringent access requirements (e.g. wearing masks or an additional test for 2G) through its house rules.
What happens to the exit controls?
The exit controls from the districts are canceled. This is due to the strong spread of the infections, which has made these measures more or less pointless, for example in Upper Austria. Actually, it should serve to ensure that the infections from a certain district do not spread to neighboring regions. (apa)