In Austria, anti-pandemic measures will be significantly tightened from Monday, with new restrictions affecting mainly people without vaccinations against covid-19. The government announced today that a negative test for coronavirus will no longer be enough to enter restaurants or cultural and sporting events, and proof of vaccination or illness will now be required. The same rules will apply to hotels or ski lifts.
The spread of the disease in Austria has accelerated significantly in recent weeks. Therefore, today, after negotiations with the heads of the federal states, the government decided to impose further restrictions due to the worsening of the epidemic situation. However, they will only be felt by those who have not been vaccinated against covid-19 or who have not had the disease.
For example, entry to restaurants, theaters, music clubs or hairdressers will be prohibited for the unvaccinated, tests will no longer be enough even for mass events with the participation of more than 25 people. In workplaces, on the other hand, negative tests will continue to be recognized.
For people without vaccinations, winter holidays will also be practically unattainable: because negative tests will not be recognized even by hotels or cable car operators. Exceptions are children under 12 years of age and people who cannot get the vaccine for health reasons.
From Monday, FFP2 type respirators will be mandatory from public places where it has been sufficient to wear a veil until now – for example in shops or museums.
“The dynamics are extraordinary and the occupancy of intensive care beds is rising more than expected,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg. “It’s bad and it’s simply our responsibility to protect the people of the country,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. As a strong incentive to get vaccinated. We will pull the reins of the unvaccinated, “he added.
The government tightened the rules earlier than originally planned. Partial closure for the unvaccinated was envisaged when there would be more than 500 patients in intensive care units. 362 intensive beds are now occupied.
The absolute daily maximum of 9586 people infected with coronavirus, which causes covid-19, was recorded by the Austrian health authorities last November 13. However, the current daily balance is approaching these values. To date, more than 850,000 cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in the Alpine country since the beginning of the pandemic. 66.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
On Thursday, 32 patients died of covid or related complications in a country with less than nine million inhabitants, bringing the number of deaths to 118 in the last seven days, according to the APA.