The Austria-wide lockdown for unvaccinated people will apply from Monday: The exit restrictions now affect people who neither have a valid vaccination certificate nor can prove that they have overcome a corona infection in the last 180 days. They have already been excluded from going to local restaurants or from access to sports facilities and hairdressers. What is new for unvaccinated people is that they are limited to the supply of basic goods of daily life even when shopping.
It is still possible to go to the doctor and other health services or to have a vaccination. “Satisfying basic religious needs” and going to school or university are also permitted. Children under the age of twelve are completely exempt from the restrictions. For children between the ages of twelve and 15, the ninja pass from school is also equivalent to 2G proof. If it is completely filled out for this week, the children can also do sports on Fridays and on weekends outside the house and in clubs, for example. Those who have been vaccinated for the first time can “free-test” themselves with a PCR test.
The unvaccinated lockdown affects around two million people and is initially limited to ten days. On Sunday evening, the exit restrictions were confirmed in the main committee of the National Council with the votes of the ÖVP and the Greens. The opposition parties voted against it for various reasons.
Additional regulations for events in Carinthia
The now stricter measures at the federal level to contain the corona virus do not go far enough for some federal states. For example, Carinthia announced on Monday that the FFP2 mask requirement is practically everywhere, and additional regulations are to come at events. Wearing an FFP2 mask is also required “at the place of work” if “other suitable measures” cannot be taken to prevent infections, said Governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) on Monday afternoon. In the area of body-friendly services, the mask requirement is also extended to employees. In pubs, consumption is only allowed at the seat, when getting up a mask is compulsory, as is the case in hotels, where masks are to be worn in all generally accessible areas.
In the areas of culture and leisure, customers are required to wear a mask; according to Kaiser, there should only be exceptions for wet areas or when using fitness equipment. At gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, a mask must be worn as well as in markets and occasional markets or in coaches, for example.
In Lower Austria, too, in view of the high corona numbers, the FFP2 mask requirement will be expanded from Wednesday. Salzburg and Upper Austria are already acting stricter than the federal government – due to the above-average number of new infections. And Vienna is going its own way anyway.
The number of new infections in Carinthia has skyrocketed in the past few days. From Friday to Sunday, more than 900 new infections were recorded each day. The incidence rose to over 900, making it the third highest in Austria after Salzburg and Upper Austria. On Monday morning there had been a sharp increase in Covid 19 patients in Carinthian hospitals, with 225 there were twice as many as at the end of October. As of Monday morning, 31 patients had to receive intensive care.
Upper Austria has already tightened the measures for vaccinated people as part of the Upper Austrian Measures Ordinance from Monday – apart from the nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people: For example, meetings are now only allowed for up to 25 people and there are now amateur soccer games without an audience. Stricter rules also apply in Salzburg, Vienna has announced this for the coming week. An overview:
Food and drinks only while sitting in Upper Austria
In addition to the nationwide “lockdown for unvaccinated people”, food and drinks may only be consumed while sitting in Upper Austria. To do this, the guest groups must sit at least one meter away from each other. The 2G rule also applies to food stalls. Food and drinks are prohibited in all markets, and visitors must also wear an FFP2 mask outdoors.
Discotheques, dance halls as well as specialist and public fairs are generally closed until December 5th. In the cultural sector, only those venues that are operated “all year round and regularly” and “serve the respective purpose under overall entrepreneurial responsibility” remain open. This means that facilities such as the Landes-Theater and the museums remain open. Admission is only possible with 2G verification and a fine particle mask.
2G proof for museums in Salzburg
The state of Salzburg – on Sunday with an incidence of 1,271 – already announced tightened measures on Thursday that go beyond the lockdown for unvaccinated people and that have also been in effect since Monday. These are similar in some respects to the tightening in Upper Austria: For example, food and drinks in pubs are only allowed to be consumed while sitting, which de facto means a ban on night-time catering.
In addition, there is an FFP2 mask requirement for all employees with customer contact or when they are less than one meter away from colleagues, for body-hugging service providers such as hairdressers, in restaurants and generally accessible areas of accommodation providers, in leisure and cultural facilities as well as in markets – also outdoors. In addition, 2G proof is required for museums, cultural exhibition houses, libraries, archives and on occasional markets such as the Christmas market. Drinking alcohol is forbidden there.
2.5-G for twelve to 15 year olds in Vienna
Vienna has announced “2Gplus” for night gastronomy and for events from 25 people. Vaccinated and convalescent people will also need a PCR test in the future. The mask requirement is expanded: In non-private indoor areas and at work, if there is close contact with other people, an FFP2 mask must be worn. In gastronomy, this is again necessary away from the square. The new rules are to be adopted in the course of the coming week. (temp, apa)